Stonier Single Vineyard Thompson Chardonnay 2016
95 POINT RATED JAMES HALLIDAY & HUON HOOKE MORNINGTON PENINSULA CHARDONNAY
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- 95 POINT RATED JAMES HALLIDAY
- 95 POINT RATED HUON HOOKE
- SINGLE VINEYARD MORNINGTON PENINSULA CHARDONNAY
- 5 RED STAR RATED WINERY JAMES HALLIDAY
Only ever bottled in tiny quantities, the 2016 Thompson Chardonnay seems to be our most aromatics release, with an abundance of florals, from lavender through to chamomile, together with an array of different dried herbs.
95 Point Rated - Huon Hooke The Real Review
"The bouquet offers rich fruit as well as delicacy, a touch of almond, developing some roasted hazelnut as it aired. The palate is lively, intense and refined, with excellent vitality and persistence. Not the most complex of the Stonier wines, but the palate has great length and penetration."
95 Point Rated - James Halliday Wine Companion
"Fermented in French puncheons, no mlf, blended after 6 months, matured for a further 5 months in a new puncheon. Has the most intensity and drive of the Stonier Chardonnays, and takes no prisoners - this is love it or leave it, far from the comfort of sitting room chairs accorded by most of its siblings. Zero mlf was a huge call, and one I agree with, leaving white and pink grapefruit free to range at will. 5+ years are needed before the jury can deliver its verdict."
This may be one of the most senior wineries on the Mornington Peninsula, but that does not stop it moving with the times. It has embarked on a serious sustainability program that touches on all aspects of its operations. It is one of the few wineries in Australia to measure its carbon footprint in detail, using the officially recognised system of the Winemaker's Federation of Australia. It is steadily reducing its consumption of electricity; it uses rainwater, collected from the winery roof, for rinsing and washing in the winery, as well as for supplying the winery in general; it has created a balanced ecosystem in the vineyard by strategic planting of cover crops and reduction of sprays; and it has reduced its need to irrigate. All the Stonier wines are estate-grown and made with a mix of wild yeast (from initiation of fermentation) and cultured yeast (added towards the end of fermentation to ensure that no residual sugar remains), and almost all are destemmed to open fermenters. All have a two-stage maturation - always French oak and variable use of barriques and puncheons for the first stage. Exports to all major markets.
Mornington Peninsula, Victoria
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