96 Points - Gary Walsh
Stoney Rise is owned and operated by Joe and Lou Holyman who have established a reputation for making some of Tasmania's finest wines. The newly released 2019 Holyman Chardonnay is a wine of elegance and structure; stone fruit and citrus dominate the nose, while the palate is mouth filling and textured - finishing with customary impressive length and intensity.
Another beautifully complex Tasmania Chardonnay that is already attracting plenty of attention, our limited stocks of the 2019 Holyman Chardonnay will not last long.
"96 Points. Flowers, lime, white peach, a little stuck match, fennel tips, and attractive cinnamon and almond oak. Good energy present in the wine, with a lively crunch and flinty texture, almond meal and green olive, finish is long and tight, with a gentle grapefruit pith bitterness as it goes. Perhaps a little finer and tighter this vintage, but none the worse for that. Tasted: Aug20 13% alc. $55 Screwcap Drink: 2021 - 2029" - Gary Walsh, The Wine Front.
Stoney Rise Wine Company is located in the heart of the Tamar Valley in Northern Tasmania. It is a family run boutique winery owned by Joe and Lou Holyman.
In 2004 the Holymans returned to their native Tasmania with their sights set on growing and producing the best pinot noir and chardonnay they could. They purchased a vineyard in Tamar Valley, north of Launceston and set about doing just that.
At its highest point the vineyard is only 30 meters above sea level, with the lowest being less than 10 meters, and it is less than 1 kilometre from the Tamar River.
The Stoney Rise winemaking philosophy is to express the vintage; all of grapes are picked, not by analysis but by grape composition. It is all about the colour and structure of the seeds, the texture of the skins and the ripeness of the stalks.
Stoney Rise produce wines under two labels; 'Stoney Rise' and 'Holyman'. The Stoney Rise wine are made in an approachable style, while the Holyman wines generally utilise newer oak and a whole bunch component for Pinot Noir; making these wine that can be cellared for several years.
Not surprisingly Pinot Noir is the leading variety made at Stoney Rise, however their Chardonnay fast gaining a reputation as some of the leading cool-climate examples made anywhere in Australia.
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