A fresh and vibrant sparkling wine made from predominantly Chardonnay, sourced from several of Stonier's vineyards throughout the Mornington. Two years on lees gives it a little added complexity, but the focus here is on the fresh and primary fruit, with plenty of citrus drive, combined with a creamy mousse and honeyed nut characters. Ideal as an aperitif.
The 2016 Stonier Sparkling is made predominantly from small parcels of Chardonnay (92%), selected from several vineyards and picked early when flavour and acid balance were optimal. A small amount of Pinot Noir (6%) and Pinot Meunier (2%) were picked a little riper to enhance the flavour profile of the blend. The hand-picked fruit was whole bunch pressed, blended and fermented at cool temperatures (primary fermentation) prior to “tirage” in August, 2016. After the completion of the secondary fermentation in bottle, the sparkling wine spent close to two years in the same bottle, developing complex aromas and flavours whilst still in contact with the yeast. The 2016 Stonier Sparkling was disgorged (removal of the yeast and sealing with cork) in July, 2018.
Lovely acid drive on the palate, but with plenty of fresh lemon fruit along for the ride. There is a nice creaminess that will become more apparent with time in bottle, enhancing the complex toasty brioche characters derived from ageing on yeast lees. The balanced dry finish works nicely as a refreshing aperitif style sparkling wine.
Stonier is widely recognised as a leading Australian producer of exceptional Chardonnay and Pinot Noir from some of Mornington Peninsula’s oldest vines. The prevailing philosophy at Stonier is rooted in the Burgundian model of expression of the vineyard site. They take a meticulous approach to viticulture and winemaking in order to draw out a delicate imprint of provenance. Stonier's wines show seamless elegance with powerful varietal expression. Situated on Victoria’s Mornington Peninsula, Stonier was established in 1978 by Brian and Noel Stonier in the coastal town of Merricks. The first Chardonnay was planted in 1978, followed by Pinot Noir in 1982. A cool maritime climate has proved to be ideal for the traditionally early ripening varieties. The striking Stonier winery designed by architect Daryl Jackson, was completed in 1991. Stonier’s Mornington Peninsula vineyards are the foundation of their winemaking practice. Current Chief Winemaker Mike Symons crafts wines based around a single vineyard philosophy. Expressions of Pinot Noir and Chardonnay are bottled from various distinct vineyard sites: KBS vineyard, Windmill vineyard, Stonier Family vineyard, and Lyncroft vineyard, among others. Stonier’s vineyard portfolio boasts some of the region’s oldest vineyards, each one contributing nuances from within the different sub-regions of the peninsula.
JAMES HALLIDAY - HALLIDAY'S WINE COMPANION
From some of the coolest patches on the Mornington Peninsula, hand-picked and whole-bunch pressed, 2 years on tirage. Has unexpected depth of fruit, the dosage possibly augmenting the flavours. A lot of potential here.