I always like the back label on these Stoney Rise wines. Joe Holyman, Stoney Rise winemaker, lists a bunch of suitable words that sums up the wines personality in a nice abstract fashion (this wine references, amongst other things: Motown, lovers, sticky ribs and much more). I probably ought to just quote those, give a score and go to bed.
Before I do head to bed, it’s probably worth mentioning just how clever this luncheon Pinot is. It’s light coloured, light bodied and fragrant, a deliberately open made for immediate enjoyment.
What sets it apart though is the sneaky late tannins and power through the finish, a reminder that this ain’t no sweetly oaked, red cordial-esque Pinot Noir that has been fed through an RO machine to concentrate the flavours.
Rather, this is a let’s-smash-a-bottle-at-lunch, seriously unserious Pinot that is seriously made and tastes seriously good. Probably even better than the 2011 at that.
Score: 17.6/20 91/100
Would I buy it? Yes
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