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      2015 Stonier Pinot Noir

      6x750ml Bottles | RRP: $32.99 | Our Price: $28.99 | Cracka Rating: 5/533

      Producer: Stonier Wines Type: Red Varietal: Pinot Noir Region: Mornington Peninsula, VIC

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      2015 Stonier Pinot Noir The Wine Front 93 James Halliday 92
      • Long have we admired the Stonier touch when it comes to Pinot Noir. We are suckers for the Mornington style, with its fruit rich seduction, and swooned at this latest release. It’s perfumed elegantly with cherry and red fruits as well as some captivating florals before a palate that’s vibrant with red fruit and some earthy notes. It’s soft with nicely weighted tannins, a clean acid backbone and persistent length. Pinot lovers will embrace this style as it’s why you fell in love with the variety in the first place.
        Cracka Wine Rating100
      • Stonier Pinot Noir is sourced from a select group of hand tended vineyards located amongst the rolling hills of the Mornington Peninsula. The Peninsula’s unique geography and cool maritime conditions contribute to a highly distinctive expression of Pinot Noir, typically showing flavours of vibrant cherry to savoury plum within a fine tannin structure.
      • The Wine Front says:

        It’s spicy and stalky with the scent of burning autumn leaves in the distance. Cherry and raspberry, a kiss of vanilla oak. Light to medium bodied, light on its feet with just the right balance of fruit and savoury appeal. Light rasp of fine tannin, and a cool and pretty long ‘minerally’ finish, with stalk and spice trailing in the aftertaste. I like this a lot. It’s great drinking at a keen price. Either 92 or 93 points, but let’s go with 93 points this time.

        Best Drinking: 2016 - 2022
        93

        James Halliday says:

        Good hue, bright and clear; a pretty Pinot, flush with red berry fruits on the bouquet and palate alike; although little (10%) new French oak was used, oak certainly plays a role on the palate. Still settling down.

        Best Drinking: Drink by 2024
        92

        James Halliday (2013 Vintage) says:

        Made from 15 long-term contract vineyards, 40 batches in all; largely open-fermented and hand-plunged; 90% matured in French oak for 10 months (15% new); 10% matured in tank. Infinite attention to detail has been handsomely repaid in this utterly delicious, silky pinot; highly fragrant red fruits drive the perfectly balanced and very long palate. Great entry point wine, great value.

        95

        James Halliday (2012 Vintage) says:

        Light, bright colour; the fragrant bouquet of spicy red fruits flows through seamlessly into the palate; it achieves length notwithstanding the low tannin profile, and is ready to enjoy here and now.

        Best Drinking: 2020
        94

        Jeremy Oliver (2011 Vintage) says:

        Charmingly smooth and silky, certain to build more depth and weight, this floral, perfumed young pinot is scented with sweet aromas of raspberries, red cherries, cloves and cinnamon with a hint of nutmeg. Supported by a silky, sappy texture, its juicy palate of translucently bright red and black berries and cherries knits tightly with cedar/ vanilla oak, finishing with length and freshness.

        Best Drinking: 2016-2019
        The Australian Wine Annual 2013
        92

        James Halliday (2010 Vintage) says:

        Light, clear red; a fragrant strawberry-accented bouquet leads into a fine, elegant palate with strawberries, wild and cultivated, to the fore, then a juicy finish.  The wine benefits from the low level of tannins because the fruit is so delicate and pure.  Drink sooner than later.

        94

        Tyson Stelzer (2010 Vintage) says:

        A particularly approachable Stonier Pinot, in a juicy, fruity style of stewed plums, red cherries and strawberries, layered with notes of cinnamon on a long finish.

        Wine100, November Issue
        92

        Rob Geddes MW (2010 Vintage) says:

        Makes the most of the fruit capturing delicate fl orals with a long firm clean palate displaying the vintage expression. In 2010 shortbread oak and pinot dark berry fruit aromas make it enticing. The palates full of pure intense strawberry fruit and a tidy middle palate depth great value and a remarkable pure varietal example.

        Best Drinking: 2014
        Rob Geddes MW

        Campbell Mattinson (2009 Vintage) says:

        Always look forward to trying the latest Stonier pinot noir…It’s aromatic/perfumed and pretty with pink/red berry flavours, but its tannin component is burly and muscular. It tastes of chicory and strawberries, woodspice and red cherries. There’s a slight smokiness to the aftertaste. It’s not what you’d call a delicate, smooth or finessed wine, but it’s satisfying and flavoursome. I tossed up between rating it at 89 or 90, but regardless I reckon it’s worth buying and drinking... as a young wine…

        90

        Tyson Stelzer (2009 Vintage) says:

        With taut curves and a perfumed air of rose petals and cherry blossom, this is catwalk pinot of elegance and stylish restraint. She'll have the ladies transfixed and the lads, well...

        WINE 100 Magazine - 2011 2011
        93

        Jeremy Oliver (2009 Vintage) says:

        A fresh, forward, early-drinking pinot with a faintly varnishy bouquet of redcurrants, red cherries, mint and menthol knit with fresh vanilla oak. Supple and juicy, with a round, spicy presence of bright cherry and raspberry flavour underpinned by silky tannins, it's moderately long, slightly cooked and raisin-like at the finish.

        The Australian Wine Annual 2012

        Rob Geddes MW (2009 Vintage) says:

        Makes the most of the fruit capturing delicate fl orals with a long firm clean palate displaying the vintage expression. In 2010 shortbread oak and pinot dark berry fruit aromas make it enticing. The palates full of pure intense strawberry fruit and a tidy middle palate depth great value and a remarkable pure varietal example.

        Rob Geddes MW

        James Halliday (2008 Vintage) says:

        An elegant red-fruited bouquet, framed by sappy spice and a gentle seasoning of oak; the palate is restrained, and takes time to let the bright cherry fruits unravel to a complex array of spices; silky in structure, with ample fine-grained tannins, and refreshing acidity draws out the even finish.

        Australian Wine Companion 2011 2010
        95

        Jeremy Oliver (2008 Vintage) says:

        Pretty and sweetly fruited, this a lively, confectionery expression of red plums and dark cherries, caramel and sweet creamy vanilla oak backed by delicate suggestions of cloves, cinnamon and a meaty hint of currant. It's smooth and supple, with a lively palate underpinned by smooth tannins and finishing with the faintest hint of rawness across the palate that should soften with time.

        Australian Wine Annual 2010 2009

        Tyson Stelzer (2008 Vintage) says:

        Perfectly gauged, a touch of whole bunch fermentation and a dash of new French oak provide the platform for finely perfumed rose petal fruit to shine forth. It's a pretty style with real delicacy to its red cherry and strawberry flavours, squared off neatly by firm, fine tannins.

        92

        Rob Geddes MW (2008 Vintage) says:

        Makes the most of the fruit, capturing delicate florals with a long, firm clean palate displaying the vintage expression.

        Australian Wine Vintages 2010

        Campbell Mattinson & Gary Walsh (2008 Vintage) says:

        Stonier was one of the first to bring pinot noir to the mainstream. Or in Victoria it was. It's an important wine in that sense. Very nice release. It's tangy and varietal, nicely textured and sound, with good, fruity length. Has notes of sweet and sour cherries, and strawberries with a minerally, structured finish. Excellent drinking.

        The Big Red Wine Book 2010/11 2010
        91

        Rob Geddes MW (2007 Vintage) says:

        Makes the most of the fruit, capturing delicate florals with a long, firm clean palate displaying the vintage expression.

        Australian Wine Vintages 2010 2009

        Nick Stock (2007 Vintage) says:

        This is a wine of the variety - sound stupid? Simple and a little flat, not especially brawny or distinct - a light red-fruited pinot noir. The palate is a little crumpled and squeezed, perky acid crunch, even and supple, some tannin chew.

        Good Australian Wine Guide 2009 2008

        James Halliday (2007 Vintage) says:

        Deeper colour than usual for Stonier, the aromas and flavours likewise stronger and deeper, but without any hint of dead/shrivelled fruit; instead there are delicious cherry and plum flavours running through the long, supple palate.

        Australian Wine Companion 2010 2009
        96

        James Halliday (2006 Vintage) says:

        Typically light colour; elegant, with strong briar, forest floor and savoury components, and small red fruits; in a particular style.

        Australian Wine Companion 2009 2008
        90

        Jeremy Oliver (2006 Vintage) says:

        A fine, forward and rather fragile young pinot whose sweet raspberry, cherry and candy floss-like fruit lacks genuine length and focus. Supported by fresh vanilla oak, it's sweet-fruited and forward, but thins out towards a slightly simple finish.

        Australian Wine Annual 2009 2008

        Campbell Mattinson (2006 Vintage) says:

        This was once the shining light of affordable pinot noir -not sure if it's me, the expansion of this market, or the wine, but it doesn't quite have the appeal it once had. This despite a general enthusiasm for the label and winery itself. 2006 RELEASE It just seems a bit simple. Light- to medium-weight flavour, mostly in the sweet strawberry and red cherry spectrum. There's oak too, creamy to the point of vanillin, the mouth-feel of it good but the effect of it loose and frivolous. This is for early consumption. And it is enjoyable. But didn't Stonier pinot noir used to be better than this? It seems a step off the pace, DRINK 2008-2010.

        The Big Red Wine Book 2008

        Rob Geddes MW (2006 Vintage) says:

        Makes the most of the fruit, capturing delicate florals with a long, firm clean palate displaying the vintage expression.

        Australian Wine Vintages 2010

        Rob Geddes MW (2005 Vintage) says:

        Makes the most of the fruit, capturing delicate florals with a long, firm clean palate displaying the vintage expression.

        Australian Wine Vintages 2010

        James Halliday (2004 Vintage) says:

        Distinctive cherry/strawberry fruit aromas; long, firm, clean palate; subtle oak.

        Australian Wine Companion 2007 2006
        92

        Jeremy Oliver (2004 Vintage) says:

        An honest early-drinking pinot whose slightly cooked and tomato-like expression of fruit and metallic edges detract from some otherwise pleasing pinot characters of rose petals, red cherries and dark plums. There's some meatiness and cinnamon/clove-like spice beneath the bouquet, while the palate offers good length and a fine structure of tight tannins. This wine could flesh out and refocus over the next year, so the score might well be a little hard. Right now, It's frankly hard to tell.

        Australian Wine Annual 2007 2006

        Jeremy Oliver (2003 Vintage) says:

        Very pretty early-drinking pinot noir with surprising complexity. Its slightly confectionary perfume of cherries, plums and red berries precedes a sumptuous, ripe and juicy palate bursting with intense spicy cherry/plum fruit qualities over suggestions of mint and sweet vanilla oak. Love the mouthfeel and texture.

        Australian Wine Annual 2006 2005
        90

        James Halliday (2003 Vintage) says:

        Mainstream Mornington Peninsula Pinot Noir style; nice plummy fruit and subtle oak; slightly simple; needs a year or two.

        Australian Wine Companion 2005 2004

        James Halliday (2001 Vintage) says:

        Medium red-purple, bright and clear; the bouquet has distinctive herb and sage edges together with a dash of spice; a stylish wine on the palate, well balanced and not extractive, centred on sweet cherry; good length and persistent, fine tannins.

        Australian Wine Companion 2004 2003
        90

        James Halliday (2000 Vintage) says:

        Excellent purple-red; the bouquet is tangy, with lifted aromatics, the palate intense, tight and with excellent length. The plummy fruit is still bound up, and the wine will transform itself over the next 12-18 months in bottle.

        Australian Wine Companion 2003 2002
        93

        James Halliday (1997 Vintage) says:

        Medium to full red-purple; the bouquet is full of ripe, sweet plummy fruit, as is the palate. Still in its primary phase, but has both the fruit and tannin to develop marvellously well. Underlines the outstanding vintage; the Reserve Pinot Noir should be exceptional.

        Australian Wine Companion 1999 1998
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