The Stoney Rise Wine Company is a boutique vineyard and cellar door based in Tasmania’s Tamar Valley. It is the brainchild of Joe Holyman and his wife Lou.
Stoney Rise was established in 2000 with an eye to produce wines that are food friendly, and offer people complex wines without too much oak, or overripe fruit characters. The name comes from a surf break in the Little Dip Conservation Park behind Robe in South Australia.
There are some dark cherry and raspberry fruits on the nose. The palate starts out with fresh fruits and a hint of earthiness, and then the depth and structure of the old vine fruit kicks in giving the wine a long and savoury finish. While the initial juicy freshness makes this wine immediately enjoyable, the structure will make it a wine that you can happily put down for 5+ years.
The 2017 season came after one of the wettest winters on record in Tasmania, which gave the vines a great launch pad. Spring was drier than normal, then in early Summer came a little rain and wind which affected some flowering. The rest of Summer was warm and dry - resulting in vintage for us starting in the middle of March.
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