"Light red. Spicy redcurrant, strawberry and underbrush aromas convey delicacy and precision. Light and crisp, with vibrant red fruit flavors and brisk acidity. Finishes with tangy minerality and impressive length. This may come across as too light to many fans of New World pinot but I'm impressed by its delicacy and balance." -International Wine Cellar
The 2005 Stonier Pinot Noir was fermented in a combination of small open fermenters and larger Potter fermenters, with a small percentage of stalks and very little berry crushing. It was pressed and transferred to French oak for malolactic fermentation, and allowed to mature for a further 11 months before bottling. The wine has great depth of fruit and will continue to develop complexity over the next few years.
This wine has intense fresh raspberry and cherry aromas, with subtle French oak adding complexity. The sweet berry flavors persist on the silky palte, with fine tannins giving length and intensity.
In 1978, Brian Stonier and his wife Noel established the Stonier vineyard in the coastal town of Merricks,
one hour southeast of Melbourne and ten minutes from the challenging surf beaches of Bass Straight. Over 28 years later, the name Stonier is widely recognized as a producer of exceptional Chardonnay and
At the heart of Stonier lies a meticulous approach to viticulture and winemaking. A desire to reflect the
imprint of each site, through subtle variations in flavor and texture, has earned Stonier a place amongst the best Pinot Noir and
Chardonnay producers in Australia.
Early vintages were made off-site until the winery in Merricks, designed by Daryl Jackson, was completed in 1991.
Stonier sources Chardonnay and Pinot Noir from over 150 acres across 5 selected sub-regions: Merricks North, Balnarring,
Tuerong, Red Hill and at the estate vineyards in Merricks which span over 50 acres.
Grapes from each of the vineyards are vinified separately to allow ultimate flexibility when
finally blending the wine to form the two distinct styles of Chardonnay and Pinot Noir in the
Stonier Label and Stonier Reserve wines. An unswerving focus on style and structure ensures
that the wines reflect the diverse flavors and texture of fruit sourced from across these five
sub-regions without any one aroma or flavor dominating the final wine.
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From stickies to Pinot Noir, Victoria is varied in its wines. The southernmost state of Australia, Victoria is third in wine production, after South Australia and New South Wales. The state is home to the cool-climate Yarra Valley, Yarra Valley, a producer of quality Chardonnay and Pinot Noir, as well the warmer regions of Rutherglen & Glenrowan. These two areas are hot and dusty and famous for their sweet, fortified stickies.
Lots of coastline gives Victoria a cool climate, appropriate for growing grapes like Chardonnay and Pinot Noir. Many new regions are discovering their growing potential – especially with these grapes. Inland gets warmer, and some of the best fortified wines are made here,as well as some good Shiraz. Victoria also makes the most Sparking Shiraz.
Like the United States, which is about the same size, Australia's winemaking regions are huddled into one or two pockets of the country. The state of South Australia, which produces about 60% of the country's wine, also has the most wineries and sub-regions, including McLaren Vale, Clare Valley, Coonawarra and Barossa Valley. New South Wales is home to the Hunter Valley, while the smaller, southern state of
Victoria is best known for theYarra Valley. Head way west to the very large state of Western Australia and you'll find the tiny region of Margaret River at the southern tip.
Most wine ranges from 10-16% alcohol by volume. Some varietals tend to have higher (for example Zinfandel and Cabernet Sauvignon) or lower alcohol levels (Pinot Noir and many white varietals), but there is always some variation from producer to producer. Some wine falls outside of this range, for instance Port weighs in closer to 20%, while Muscat and Riesling are usually a bit below 10%.
Wine Style Guide
Light & Fruity
Red wines that are more fruit-forward and lighter in tannin and body.
Smooth & Supple
Medium bodied reds that go down easy, with smooth tannins and supple fruit.
Earthy & Spicy
Wines where earthy and/or spicy dominate the flavors – typically medium to full body.
Big & Bold
Full bodied wines that have concentrated fruit and are higher in alcohol and/or tannins. Some need age.