STONEY RISE PINOT NOIR
"Our 2018 Stoney Rise Pinot Noir is a 60/40 blend of fruit we grow and fruit we purchase from our small growers around the Tamar Valley. The 60% from our vineyard comprises just over half of the fruit from vines planted in 2004 and for the first time in 2018 there is a small percentage of fruit from our new 2014 plantings. The remainder comes from our older vines planted in 1986 - which is the component of the blend that gives this wine it's structure and backbone."
"This 2018 Pinot Noir goes back to the styles of the 2015 and '16. There's more obvious upfront fruit on the nose, with hints of pomegranate and bright red cherries. The palate is soft and luscious upfront, but then the dollop of old vine fruit takes over and you are left with a hint of tannin, some complementing acidity and a long finish. While it's upfront and easy drinking, the 2018 with its poise and structure will reward with some time in the cellar. This is our favourite Stoney Rise since 2015." – Lou & Joe Holyman