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2013 Stonier Reserve Pinot Noir

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If you thought we were mad for the regular release of Stonier Pinot then we are going gaga for this. An incredibly fragrant mix of cherry, dark chocolate and red fruit aromas before earthy spice and some elegant floral notes. With fruit sourced from some of the oldest vineyards on the property you’ll notice an intensity and pure expression of fruit. The palate is perfectly poised between fruit and tannin weight before judicious acids cut through and a persistent finish is revealed. A real Pinot for pinotphiles, who go weak at the knees for this kind of quality.

Winemaker's Notes

The 2013 Stonier Reserve Pinot Noir is a blend built around fruit from six of our most prized vineyards: Stonier Family Vineyard, KBS, Windmill, Lyncroft, Merron’s and Jack’s Ridge.

The 2013 vintage was slightly warmer than average with an intense ripening period condensing the vintage to only 3 weeks (instead of the usual 5 weeks). All the vineyards for this blend were picked between March 11 and 20, with yields between 1.39 and 3.98 tonnes per hectare.

Each vineyard was hand-picked and fermented separately in small open 2 tonne fermenters with daily hand plunging. Approximately 5% of the components were fermented as whole bunches. After extended maceration on skins the ferments were gently pressed to a mix of French oak (27% new), consisting of barriques (225L) and puncheons (500L). After 8 months, selected barrels from each vineyard component were blended with each other and put back to some slightly older barriques for a further 5 months maturation prior to bottling in June, 2014.

Colour: Vibrant red.

Aroma: Complex and spicy with red to dark fruits and ironstone notes.

Palate: As a young wine there is some tightness to the tannins which will unfurl themselves as the wine ages. The palate is evenly balanced with an array of sweet red fruits balanced by more savoury blueberry and cranberry fruits. With building viscosity and generosity of flavour there are no doubt many enjoyable years ahead for this 2013 release.

Alc/vol: 13.5

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2013 Stonier Reserve Pinot Noir

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James Halliday (2013 Vintage) says
From six vineyards; the blend is put together shortly prior to the transfer of the six vineyards to second maturation (second phase 5 months in barriques). There is unquestionable synergy here, with cadences rising and falling on the supple palate.
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Campbell Mattinson (2013 Vintage) says
It’s a dry, structural wine with plenty of beef. It feels like the wine of a warm year but it also feels lengthy and well sinewed; there is little chance of this falling over any time soon. The cherries come stewed, the herbs dried, the wood pre-smoked and eased off. New world Pinot Noir is customarily eager-to-please; this isn’t of that mind. It’s not a bad thing; it may well be the opposite. I had to sit with it and wrestle awhile but I came away well impressed.
2016 - 2024
Huon Hooke (2013 Vintage) says
Medium to deep red/purple colour, the aroma vanilla and cherry-like. It's a very pleasant and complex bouquet. The palate is soft and easygoing, gentle and the tannins are fine and soft. A very attractive soft, medium-weight, balanced and palate-friendly pinot, with a long finish. Delicious.
2016 - 2029
Jeremy Oliver (2010 Vintage) says
Charmingly smooth, fine and ethereal, with a deep but slightly closed and earthy perfume of rose petals, cherries and berries tightly integrated with scents of exotic spices and sweet vanilla/cedary oak. Underpinned by fine, crunchy tannins, its long, seamless palate delivers spotlessly pure, vibrant varietal fruit with silkiness and suppleness, finishing with exceptional persistence and freshness.
The Australian Wine Annual 2013
James Halliday (2009 Vintage) says
Medium red-purple; the alcohol belies the generosity and ripe berry flavours of the wine; that said, it is strongly varietal, with a lovely juicy plum line running through gently savoury/foresty notes on the sides.
Australian Wine Companion 2012
Tyson Stelzer (2009 Vintage) says
Once upon a time, the oak regime at Stonier overpowered its flagships and left me hankering for its entry wines. It’s a brand new day at this hallowed Mornington estates, and Mike Symons has brought the barrels into line, letting pure red cherries, berries, plums and silky, textural tannins sing.
Tyson Stelzer
Campbell Mattinson & Gary Walsh (2008 Vintage) says
Stonier Reserve seems to have settled into the role of Mornington's deluxe crowd-pleaser. It might not be the region's best pinot, but it might be its most silken. Lots of smooth, smoky oak. It's a bit obvious, but all things said and done - pretty delicious. Give it some air and lovely flavours of sour and sweet cherry, plums and nutmeg step forward. This wine wants for nothing. Its tannin structure is still sorting itself out - but it will do so. We'd back it to age pretty well too.
The Big Red Wine Book 2010/11 2010
James Halliday (2003 Vintage) says
Expressive and voluminous aromas of cherry blossom and plum; elegant, long palate; very good tannins.
Australian Wine Companion 2006 2005
James Halliday (1997 Vintage) says
Medium red-purple; the bouquet is complex, with powerful oak and carbonic maceration characters. The outstanding feature of the wine is the tremendous length of flavour, with fruit, oak and fine-grained tannins all running through on the finish. 1998 National Wine Show gold medal winner
Australian Wine Companion 2000 1999
James Halliday (1995 Vintage) says
Medium red-purple; quite pronounced spicy oak introduces a light but stylish bouquet with hints of strawberry and violets. The palate is delicate but refined, with good mouthfeel, balance and structure; the sweet, spicy French oak has been very well handled. Retasted October 1997 and has developed beautifully, with strong Burgundian characteristics.
Australian Wine Companion 1999 1998

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