Drunk July 2012
Lovers of Burgundy are almost obsessed with the complexity of their wines and presenting them with over cooked, over ripe new world Pinot Noir is an anathema. Pinot Noir is best grown in relatively cool climates and that it why the warmer parts of Australia, California and South Africa struggle to avoid the over fruity, high alcohol notes which are characteristic of warm climate pinot noirs. However, there are now excellent Pinot Noir’s being produced in places such as Central Otago in New Zealand and the Williamette Valley in Oregon, USA and more recently Tasmania. But here's an excellent example of an Australian Pinot Noir which challenges some of the accepted conventions.
The Stonier Pinot Noir 2008 is produced on the Mornington Peninsula, in Victoria, Australia, south of Melbourne. Stonier Wines was established at Merricks in 1977. One of the first wineries in the region, Stonier first planted Chardonnay vines in 1978, followed by Pinot Noir in 1982. By 1988 the vineyard had expanded to 6 hectares, with Pinot Noir and Chardonnay the core focus for the winery. These two varieties are what Stonier, and the Mornington Peninsula, has built its reputation on.
This 2008 is a classy number, not the best in class by any means, but highly enjoyable. A subtle Pinot for sure, with fruit, but not overpowered, and layers of flavour over a solid back drop of oak . Strong aroma’s of raspberry and cherry. I was drinking this over a couple of days and on the second occasion, the experience was even better.