wines of Stonier, Mornington Peninsula, Australia
Great Pinot Noir and Chardonnay at good prices
of the Mornington Peninsulaís pioneer wineries, Stonier date back
to 1978. Theyíre now part of the Lion Nathan wine group, and a
mid-sized winery, crushing up to 500 tons each vintage.
despite the size, Stonier remain one of the best producers of Pinot
Noir and Chardonnay in Australia. And their wines also represent
great value for money, from the basic varietals through to the
single vineyard bottlings. There are now four single-vineyard Pinot
tasted these wines with Mike Symons (above), who has been
involved here since 2003 and in charge of winemaking since 2008.
Itís one of those ranges where you canít really go wrong: the
world needs more producers like this!
retail prices in brackets. UK agent is Bibendum Wine.)
Chardonnay 2009 Mornington Peninsula
Fresh, bright and focused. Fruit forward with a hint of toast.
Lovely fresh citrus and pear fruit. Bright with nice acidity. 90/100
Chardonnay Reserve 2007 Mornington Peninsula
From older vineyards. Some toasty, fruity complexity on the
nose. The palate is concentrated and elegant with subtle mealy
notes, and pear and ripe apple fruit. Nicely complex with good
acidity and a long finish. 93/100 (£16.99)
KBS Chardonnay 2009 Mornington Peninsula
A cool vineyard that only gets the morning sun. Fins, subtly
toasty nose with pear, peach and citrus pith notes. The palate is
bold and dense yet fresh and elegant with mealy, spicy, nutty fruit
and a long finish. 94/100 (£24.99)
Pinot Noir 2009 Mornington Peninsula
Fresh, sappy, slightly green, cherry fruit nose, with some spicy
notes. The palate is plummy, fresh and spicy with subtle earthy
complexity adding a savoury dimension, as well as a bit of
structure. 91/100 (£12.99)
Pinot Noir Reserve 2007 Mornington Peninsula
Warm, spicy and quite nicely structured, showing sweet cherry
and plum fruit. Nicely spicy and structured with attractive fruit.
Windmill Vineyard Pinot Noir 2008 Mornington Peninsula
40% whole-bunch fermentation gives structure and lift here. This
is a north-facing sloping vineyard with red soils. Elegant, fresh
and a bit structured with a lovely spicy edge and good acidity. Pure
and direct: a nicely structured wine with a savoury dimension.
older write up of Stonier wines
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