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.
This 2018 Pinot Noir goes back to the styles of the 2015 and 2016. There is more obvious upfront fruit on the nose, with hints of pomegranate and bright red cherries. The palate is soft and luscious upfront, but then the dollop of old vine fruit takes over and you are left with a hint of tannin, some complementing acidity and a long finish. Whilst it is upfront and easy drinking, the 2018 with its poise and structure will reward with some time in the cellar. This is Joe's favourite Stoney Rise since 2015.
Our 2018 Stoney Rise Pinot Noir is a 60/40 blend of fruit we grow and fruit we purchase from our small growers around the Tamar Valley. The 60% from our vineyard comprises of just over half of the fruit from vines planted in 2004 and for the first time in 2018 there is a small percentage of fruit from our new 2014 plantings. The remainder comes from our older vines planted in 1986 - which is the component of the blend that gives this wine it's structure and backbone.
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