Chardonnay Mornington Victoria
The name Stonier is widely recognised as Mornington's most splendid Chardonnay, sourced from a select coterie of hand tended vineyards amongst the rolling hills of the peninsula. A unique topography and cool maritime climes make a distinctive expression of Chardonnay. A richly barrel fermented wine, the highly talented team arbor through a diligent lees stirring and fermentation process, to achieve a complex array of exotic fresh citrus fruit flavours supported by natural acid with a delicate mineral character, in a fruit driven, early drinking style.
At the heart of Stonier lies a meticulous approach to viticulture and winemaking. Stonier sources Chardonnay from over 150 acres across five sub regions, Merricks North and Balnarring, Tuerong, Red Hill and from the estate vineyards at Merricks which span over fifty acres. Early morning processing of the hand harvested Chardonnay blocks is essential, air conditioning in the barrel room means that temperatures are kept under control. Fermented predominately in a selection of new and seasoned French oak barriques, treated to an occasional lees stirring and malolactic. To maintain the lovely fresh Stonier style, a component is tank vinified without malolactic to preserve natural acid crispness.
Pale gold colour with green tinge. Lifted lemon blossom bouquet, exotic fruits and honey with a hint of spicy oak. Lovely fresh lemon sorbet flavours on a powerfully condensed middle palate opening up to a lingering creamy citrus finish. A superb drink just on its own, Stonier is a natural conversation starter when enjoyed as aperitif yet offers the structure and solid fruit character to accompany the finest faire.