The Wine :
We said we would never do it again but sometimes an opportunity comes that is too hard to turn down. This year we were offered some fruit form a 20 year old vineyard just north of us on the West Tamar, then some from Relbia just south of us and then a small amount from the south of the state. We couldn’t help but take it.
Our 2019 Stoney Rise Chardonnay was fermented in our new 2500 litre oak cask, and stayed in there on its lees for the last 5 months. It is a fresh style ready for summer. There is a hint of banana peel and cantaloupe on the nose. The palate is all white peach with hints cashew, and lemon. There is a viscous texture to the wine, but the hint of oak and the natural acidity of Tasmanian Chardonnay, balance this to give it a long driven finish.
The Review :
94pts, The Winefront
I put on Notorious B.I.G as I sat down to write up my review of the Stoney Rise Chardonnay because “Juicy” is our keyword. Ripe apricots, peaches, juicy green apples, sweet, fresh peas, honeysuckle blossoms and a buttery, freshly picked hazelnut finish.
A chance offering of fruit from a 20-year-old vineyard just north of Stoney Rise on the West Tamar, some from Relbia just south of Launceston and then a small amount from the south of the state made this wine happen. Fermented in new 2500 litre oak cask and followed by 5 months on lees, this is a Chardy to drink young. Clean and racy acidity, juicy fruit for days, chuck a chicken stuffed with lemon and herbs in the oven and crank up the Notorious B.I.G.