Distinct, terroir-driven Pinot Noir and Chardonnay from a James Halliday 5 Star Winery
From its humble beginnings as a hobby farm, Stonier’s story begins with Brian Stonier, who was one of the first vignerons in the Mornington Peninsula. He planted Chardonnay in 1978, while his kids were surfing at the local beach. This viticultural hobby grew to become a great love for Brian, and in honour of his other great love, Champagne, he planted Pinot Noir in 1982. Stonier and the Mornington Peninsula have subsequently built their world-renowned reputation on these two varieties, as the region’s cool maritime climate makes for the perfect canvas to bring these varieties to life.
Stonier’s focus on Single Vineyard Wines began to gain momentum at the turn of the new decade with the release of its 2000 KBS Vineyard Chardonnay, and today, Stonier’s dedication to crafting premium Chardonnay, Pinot Noir and sparkling wine has never been stronger. The wines distinctly reflect the vineyards from which they come, expressing true varietal characteristics and Mornington Peninsula terroir.
The vineyards are guided to produce the best possible fruit from their given site within their natural constraints. 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.
Stonier’s team thrives under the stewardship of Winemaker, Mike Symons, alongside winemaker Will Byron and Viticulturist Luke Buckley. Mike’s winemaking philosophy is founded on two principles. First, achieve a natural balance in the vineyards, and second, allow the wine’s flavours developed in the vineyard to flourish with minimal intervention in the winery.
A Matthew Jukes Top 100 Australian wine, this Chardonnay offers a generous mouthfilling palate laden with intensely flavoured stone fruit. There is a nice creamy texture with some oak spice adding to an overall classic Chardonnay release.