Stoney Rise Pinot 2011 (Tasmania)
13.5%, Screwcap, $29
I’m still yet to meet Stoney Rise’s Joe Holyman. I feel like I want to man hug him though and congratulate him on his labels. Some of the word associations on this bottle included ‘Pastrami on rye’ and ‘BBQ Quail’ both of which I like the sound of (as food that has characters found in this wine and also food that would work with it). Oh and Joe’s wines are ok too….
This Pinot is more than ok. It’s a wonderfully serious Pinot for an ‘entry level’ price. More power to that combination.
Speaking of combinations, this smells and tastes of lovely red cherry fruit that is bright but not sweet. Important distinction that – no red cordial in sight.
Beyond the fruit this smells hammy, spicy and thoroughly Pinoty. It was too meaty and spicy for my Mum, so such pinosity is probably not for everyone. I liked it though. I love the dark, bitter tannins and prominent acidity too – all proper Pinot characters. That acidity is a tad raw at the moment, and coupled with the proper tannins this is a bit firmish, but heck, for anyone who actually likes Pinot this is a winner.
Score: 17.5/20 91/100
Would I buy it? Yes, yes I would.