Stoney Rise is owned and operated by Joe and Lou Holyman who are building a reputation for making some of Tasmania's finest examples of Pinot Noir.
This 2020 Stoney Rise Pinot Noir is another superb release made from 90% estate vineyards and 10% from Stoney Rise's grower vineyards. A Tasmanian Pinot release with incredible poise and structure, this offers plenty of appeal now however should develop further complexity over the coming years.
"The price of good Tasmanian pinot noir has gone through the roof in recent vintages; and the cool-climate style is increasingly trendy. Joe Holyman from Stoney Rise in the Tamar Valley has kept his prices reasonable, however, and has a great sense of humour (check out the gibberish on the back label). He is also a maestro with pinot. This uses 90% estate fruit (grown overlooking the river) and uses older oak to add complexity to the vibrant fruit. Unfined, unfiltered and great value. $32." - Winsor Dobbin, ciaomagazine.com.au.
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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