Rieslingfreak: Best known for riesling, riesling and more riesling! Owner/winemaker John Hughes only makes riesling, hence the name, and there were 10 labels at last count. Stonier: Best known for superfine chardonnay and pinot noir under a range of individual vineyard labels, the number varies from year to year depending on the success of the season. Frankland Estate: Best known for riesling under six different labels, topped by Isolation Ridge Vineyard and off-dry SmithCullam, but recently the shirazes and cabernet blend Olmo’s Reward are just as impressive. Levantine Hill: Best known for being an ambitious winery with prices to match, fielding innovative styles that reflect winemaker Paul Bridgeman’s tastes.
Rumours are flying around the wine business at the moment regarding possible acquisitions. The biggest is the rumour that Treasury Wine Group is in play, and Pernod Ricard is likely to make a bid.
The 2019 vintage seems to have been a ripper on the Mornington Peninsula, if Huon Hooke’s early tastings are any guide.
Accolade Wines has purchased Coonawarra’s Katnook Estate, a move that is not necessarily a positive for the Coonawarra region.
Crittenden Estate: best known for pinot noir, chardonnay and pinot gris. Pepper Tree: best known for Coquun, the first nations name for the Hunter River, is Pepper Tree’s top shiraz and the 2018 is their highest-scoring wine. Soumah: best known for pinot noir, chardonnay and viognier from their Hexham Vineyard, the top label being Equilibrio, the 2018 chardonnay the star act. Stonier: best known for chardonnay and pinot noir, appearing each year under a varied array of single-vineyard labels.
Stonier KBS Vineyard Pinot Noir 2019, Mornington Peninsula, AUD $65
Stonier Gainsborough Park Chardonnay 2016, Mornington Peninsula, AUD $45
Stonier Pinot Noir 2018, Mornington Peninsula, AUD $28
Each year, leading Mornington Peninsula winery Stonier produces a cluster of single-vineyard chardonnays and pinot noirs, which are always of a very high standard.
Stonier Pinot Noir 2017, Mornington Peninsula, AUD $28