A quick and short tasting note for Stonier Pinot Noir 2008, from Mornington Peninsula in Victoria, Australia. € 17,90 at Crush Wine for those who buy their wines in Brussels.
Fruity nose of mature, rather dark berries, slightly sweetish impression, some spiciness and just a slight oak note. On the palate medium bodied, good fruitiness and aroma concentration, again rather dark berries, a slight impression of sweetness (of the “mature fruit” rather than the “residual sugar” type), slight spiciness, balanced acidity, mild and well integrated tannin. 87-88 p.
A well made Pinot Noir with good concentration of fruit that clearly avoids going in the “jammy” direction, but which definitely says “New World” rather than “Burgundy” to me, particularly on the palate. Could probably gain in complexity from one or a couple of years of cellaring, but I don’t perceive it as produced in a style that really requires cellaring. To me, the tannins were quite mild in relation to the amount of fruit. Probably not a wine that would appeal to true “burghounds”, but it would certainly please those who prefer their Pinot Noir to actually say “Pinot Noir” on the label. This wine also has a big brother in the winery’s range in the shape of Stonier Reserve Pinot Noir.
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