Very engaging bouquet of violets and fresh berries, sweet meat and scents of toasty oak. On the palate - dry, fleshy, loads of texture and youthful grip; moderate tannin grip with silky textures, medium+ acidity, flavours of dark berries, meat and some new leather; very nice wine with attention to detail and complexity.
Fermented in open-top stainless steel fermenters. Hand plunged two times daily. Post fermentation soak for two to three weeks followed by maturation in barrel for 20 months.
Stonecroft is a small, family owned winery making organic Gimblett Gravels wines in Hawke's Bay, New Zealand. The owners are Dermot McCollum and Andria Monin, who live on the Roy's Hill vineyard with their two children Emer and Oscar, plus Jasper the cat and Stanley the chocolate lab. Stonecroft seeks to express the unique character of our vineyards and each vintage - wines which are intense, elegant and fruit-driven, but capable of significant bottle development. The ability of our wines to improve in bottle has been demonstrated over more than 30 years, with many of the early examples still drinking well. Our total production is very small; with around 3000 cases produced annually over a number of varieties. Both the vineyards and the winery are certified organic.