Chardonnay Mornington Victoria
A Burgundy interpretation of Mornington, the ultimate expression of terroir. Three particular blocks have consistently provided Stonier with low yields of quality fruit, mature hand tended vineyards aged well over twenty years. The vines are predominantly planted to cooler sites around Merricks and Merricks North, harvested slightly later in the season than some of the younger Stonier sites. A rich and engaging style to match with seared Moreton Bay Bugs, deglazed with amandes effilées and sauterne.
The climate and proximity to the sea of sites contributing fruit affects each differently, the distinctive flavours contribute complexity. An unwavering focus on style and structure ensures that the wine reflects the diverse flavours and textures from across the sites without any single aroma or flavour dominating the final wine. The aim is for typicity from vintage to vintage, rather than a blended complexity. The majority of fruit is whole bunch pressed, completely barrel fermented and treated to full malolactic in high quality French oak barriques, a third of which are new. Stonier is treated to a course of monthly lees stirring for up to a year, followed by racking and filtration to bottle.
Pale gold with bright green hues. Lemon and grapefruit aromas, hints of peach and hazelnut are supported by notes of well integrated French oak. Fine fruit and mineral palate, with great intensity of lemon citrus and cream in the mid to back palate. Excellent length and balance, Stonier finishes long and lasting with clean acidity.