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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

expert reviews about

2013 Stonier Reserve Pinot Noir

Expert Reviews

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.
Drink by 2025
96
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
95
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
95
James Halliday (2011 Vintage) says
To 2018
Australian Wine Companion 2014 Edition
92
Jeremy Oliver (2011 Vintage) says
An early-drinking pinot whose earthy, floral and meaty bouquet of small red berries and cherries reveals citrusy undertones. Initially smooth and juicy, it becomes a little hollow and citrusy down the palate, culminating in a faintly metallic and green-edged finish.
2013-2016
The Australian Wine Annual 2014 Edition
86
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 rather than later.
To 2015
Australian Wine Companion 2013
94
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.
2018-2022+
The Australian Wine Annual 2013
95
Rob Geddes MW (2010 Vintage) says
The reputation of the winery rides on this wine's consistent expression of high-quality pinot with a tighter structure and more restrained fruit and flavoursome lively finish.
2022
Rob Geddes MW
92
James Halliday (2009 Vintage) says
Bright and clear red; distinctly tangy/savoury notes run in parallel to red berry fruits; superfine tannins are a distinct plus, extending the length and finish.
2016
Australian Wine Companion 2012
94
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
94
Jeremy Oliver (2009 Vintage) says
Marrying genuine elegance and suppleness with powerful flavour, this charmingly long and balanced pinot has a musky, meaty perfume of dark cherries, plums and briary undertones of cinnamon, cloves and baked earth. Long and firmish, with pliant tannins beneath a sumptuous, fiery palate of deep, meaty black and red cherry/plum flavour, it finishes soft and gentle, with nuances of dried herbs.
The Australian Wine Annual
93
Rob Geddes MW (2009 Vintage) says
The reputation of the winery rides on this wine's consistent expression of high-quality pinot with a tighter structure and more restrained fruit and flavoursome lively finish.
2019
Rob Geddes MW
90
Rob Geddes MW (2008 Vintage) says
The reputation of the winery rides on this wine’s consistent expression of high-quality pinot with a tighter structure and more restrained fruit, yet the finish is always flavoursome.
Australian Wine Vintages 2010
87
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
94
Jeremy Oliver (2007 Vintage) says
Long, elegant and finely structured, with a fresh, rose petal perfume of sweet cherries, raspberries and sweet vanilla oak with some herbaceous and raisined, currant-like undertones. Revealing marginally under and over-ripe suggestions above and below its sweet varietal fruit, ifs long and supple, with a pleasingly fine and grainy backbone, finishing with attractive length and a faintly metallic note.
Australian Wine Annual 2010 2009
90
Rob Geddes MW (2007 Vintage) says
The reputation of the winery rides on this wine's consistent expression of high-quality pinot with a tighter structure and more restrained fruit, yet the finish is always flavoursome.
Australian Wine Vintages 2010 2009
92
Campbell Mattinson & Gary Walsh (2007 Vintage) says
There are three types of top-notch pinot noir: powerful, highly structured pinot; complex, gamey, sex-on-a-forest-floor pinot; and pinot that's all about satiny texture. This is in the third camp. Texture. Glorious, silken texture. It tastes of cherries and sundry red berries, mulchy earth and fresh basil. It's fragrant and flavoursome in a pinot noir context. It has high acid and some fine tannin, though structure doesn't seem to be its bag. It's a delightful drink, and it lilts magnificently across your tongue.
The Big Red Wine Book 2009/10 2009
93
Nick Stock (2006 Vintage) says
Shy on opening, so give it some air. Framed by red cherry and berry fruits, soft fragrance, straightforward and gently earthy. Plenty of palate-weight, berries and cream, it builds in fine layers, nice line and length, elegant tannins with a fine line to the finish. Balanced, with a toasty aftertaste.
Good Australian Wine Guide 2009 2008
93
Jeremy Oliver (2006 Vintage) says
A closed, introverted pinot whose delicate, dusty and earthy aromas of red cherries, raspberries and cedar/vanilla oak precede a smooth, sappy and polished palate that builds in richness and intensity towards its finish. Underpinned by fine, dusty tannins, it's firmish and pliant, and should build fruit weight and richness over a few years.
Australian Wine Annual 2009 2008
90
Rob Geddes MW (2006 Vintage) says
The reputation of the winery rides on this wine’s consistent expression of high-quality pinot with a tighter structure and more restrained fruit, yet the finish is always flavoursome.
Australian Wine Vintages 2010
90
Jeremy Oliver (2005 Vintage) says
Long and savoury, this slowly developing pinot has a lightly meaty, musky fragrance of ripe plum and cherries over slightly minty nuances of menthol, forest floor and capsicum. Finely crafted, its generous, luscious expression of slightly herbal berry, cherry and plum-like fruit is supported by sweet new oak and framed by smooth, polished tannin. It finishes with a hint of meatiness, lingering flavours of raspberries and cherries, and should acquire more length and richness of fruit.
Australian Wine Annual 2008 2007
92
Campbell Mattinson (2005 Vintage) says
The thing about Stonier's reserve pinot noir is that it always feels really good in your mouth; it's always satiny and seductive. 2005 RELEASE When I first tasted this I wasn't so impressed, but subsequent bottles have really started to sing. It's flush with sour, minerally, cherried fruit and it punches long through the finish - it even does a fair rendition of the fabled 'peacock's tail' of quality pinot. Spice, musky oak, fragrant plum - these flavours appear as the wine unfolds in your glass. Served in good glassware, this would bring the house down at a dinner party, DRINK 2008-2014.
The Big Red Wine Book 2008
94
Rob Geddes MW (2005 Vintage) says
The reputation of the winery rides on this wine’s consistent expression of high-quality pinot with a tighter structure and more restrained fruit, yet the finish is always flavoursome.
Australian Wine Vintages 2010
87
James Halliday (2004 Vintage) says
Very pale but bright colour; firm, bright red fruits in the Stonier style, restrained and tight, asking for 3 years in bottle.
Australian Wine Companion 2007 2006
91
Jeremy Oliver (2004 Vintage) says
Likely to develop well, this very floral and perfumed young pinot is scented with red and black cherries, rose petals and restrained cedar/vanilla oak with complex undertones of forest floor, cloves and cinnamon. Supple and silky, It's piercingly Intense, delivering pristine varietal fruit backed by a fine undercarriage of dusty tannin. It finishes long and savoury, with lingering hints of herbs and meatiness.
Australian Wine Annual 2007 2006
93
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
95
Jeremy Oliver (2003 Vintage) says
An elegant, supple and fine-grained pinot noir with layers of perfume and depth. Its spicy aromas of rose petals, dark cherries and plums reveal undertones of forest floor, while its sumptuous and juicy palate is tightly reined in by firm but gentle tannin.
Australian Wine Annual 2006 2005
94
James Halliday (2001 Vintage) says
Light to medium red-purple; clean, fresh cherry/strawberry aromas are reflected by the palate, with the accent on primary varietal fruit; will undoubtedly develop complexity with time.
Australian Wine Companion 2004 2003
92
Jeremy Oliver (2001 Vintage) says
Overworked, horsey pinot lacking in fruit length and drying out to a stark, metallic finish. There's some sweet rose garden and ripe cherry aroma, some forward confection-like fruit on the palate and some sweet vanilla/chocolate oak, but to all intents and purposes the wine's lack of fruit, austere finish and equine undertones suggest an excessive contribution courtesy the brettanomyces organism.
Australian Wine Annual 2005 2004
84
James Halliday (2000 Vintage) says
Light to medium red-purple; a clean, bright and fragrant bouquet with strawberry, plum, leaf and mint is followed by a lively, fresh, juicy/berry/minty fruit-flavoured palate which does, however, lighten off slightly on the finish.
Australian Wine Companion 2003 2002
91
James Halliday (1998 Vintage) says
Light to medium red-purple; there seemed to be distinct green tinges to the fruit on the bouquet, and the same characters come again on the palate. A major disappointment; was this a bad bottle?
Australian Wine Companion 2001 2001
83
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
94
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
95

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