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Stoneleigh Rapaura Series Pinot Noir

Cracka Rating

Cracka Review

Here we have a more delicate style of pinot noir that would make for great drinking over the next 4 to 6 years with some duck pancakes. Aromas of red fleshy cherries, ripe plums and a sprinkle of dried herbs and earthiness waft out of the glass, meanwhile the palate is medium-bodied, soft and fruity, with licks of toasty oak, gentle tannins, and a slinky cherry-like finish. 

Winemaker's Notes

Approximately 40% new and 60% one-year-old fine grained, predominantly French oak barrels were used for this wine. The wine was aged in oak for a period of nine and a half months prior to blending.

Aroma: The wine has a dark, plummy hue and is perfumed with cinnamon and smokey, charry oak.

Palate: The palate is rich with dark fruit, black doris plum and black cherry overtones. Beautifully integrated and layered, this finely-textured Pinot Noir is fleshy with a silky, smooth tannin structure.

Cellaring: This wine is best enjoyed young but could be cellared over the next six years.

Food: With its distinctive dark berry fruit characters and sophisticated palate weight, this wine is the perfect match for flame grilled rib-eye steak served with a redcurrant jus, or a seared venison loin with wild mushroom risotto.

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Stoneleigh Rapaura Series Pinot Noir

Expert Reviews

James Halliday (2011 Vintage) says
The vibrant cherry red colour leads to an expressive bouquet of red fruits, florals, spice and a touch of charcuterie; the palate is ebullient and engaging, showing crunchy acidity, silky tannins and a long and even palate, opening up with unexpected layers of complexity; a lot to like in this wine, especially at the price.
James Halliday's top value wines $20 & under 2012
95
WINESTATE (2010 Vintage) says
Generous, vibrantly youthful pinot with well-defined tannins and lots of oak at the moment, but it will be great with a few years of cellaring.
WINESTATE Volume 34 (2011) 2011
Nick Stock (2010 Vintage) says
This is a bold and brash take on pinot, showing plenty of brambly dark and ripe cherry/plum fruit and delivering a wealth of violets, licorice notes and toasted spices too. The palate has plenty of fine-grained tannins, a wealth of toasty oak and a strong acid line. Great, juicy finish here. Muscular style.
Good Wine Guide 2013
92
WINESTATE (2009 Vintage) says
Concentrated, ripe, spicy red with a strong oak influence at this stage, good texture and richness. ÒSerious wine for the long haul,Ó noted one judge.
WINESTATE Volume 34 (2011) 2011
Nick Stock (2008 Vintage) says
This top-flight Stoneleigh pinot comes in a heavy bottle and is a cryptic wine to start with, offering hints of dark cherry, baking spices and earthy nuances. The palate's been nicely crafted with fine tannins and bright, fresh acidity; some cherry cola flavour builds to toasty oak through the back and then ripe plum and chocolate to close. Elegant, young and balanced.
The Penguin Good Australian Wine Guide 2010 2009
92
Nick Stock (2007 Vintage) says
Named for the stony soils from whence the fruit is sourced, this shows some punchy oak and bright red cherry fruits. The palate is sweetly fruited with poached strawberry and mulberry flavours, the oak weighs in with spice through the finish - a supple rolling tannin finish.
Good Australian Wine Guide 2009 2008
91

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