Stonier’s Mornington Peninsula vineyards are the foundation of our winemaking practice. Our wines showcase the premium quality and character of the fruit cultivated in our pristine cool maritime climate. The vineyards are guided to produce the best possible fruit from their given site within their natural constraints. Stonier’s vineyard portfolio boasts some of the region’s oldest vineyards, each one contributing nuances from within the different sub-regions of the peninsula.
SINGLE VINEYARD PHILOSOPHY
Stonier's Winemaker Mike Symons collaborated on Stonier's Single Vineyard philosophy long before he joined Stonier as Winemaker. In 2003, while working at Petaluma in the Adelaide Hills, Mike worked with Stonier's Winemaker at the time, Geraldine McFaul, in the development of Stonier's process for managing its collection of vineyard resources. This process involved grading the vineyards, following their development and seeking out consistencies and building on strengths.
Pinot Noir is a grape renowned for its ability to express nuances created in the vineyard soils, leading to distinctive characters showcased in the final wine. Capturing the best possible character in a wine produced from fruit grown in a particular vineyard is the ever-present challenge. At Stonier, the starting point for this is making sure the vineyards are grown within the natural constraints of the site and not pushed beyond those limitations.
Chardonnay also has a great ability to express differences created in different vineyard settings and such differences can be seen in the individual releases from Stonier’s prized Chardonnay vineyards.
With roots very firmly planted in the foothills of the town of Merricks, one of Stonier's strengths is its long-term collaborations with fellow Mornington growers, allowing the team to manage the viticulture on these sites to the desired specifications.
As a result, we understand where each vineyard's strengths lie and we make considered decisions about which fruit we allocate to each wine. By meticulously hand tending each vineyard, we come to know each site incredibly well. The exceptional fruit stands out immediately, and goes on to reveal its terroir characteristics over time. Often these vineyards deserve their own 'voice', resulting in our Single Vineyard Chardonnay and Pinot Noir wines.
Stonier's KBS Vineyard was the first to be bottled as a Single Vineyard wine, with our Windmill Vineyard producing Windmill Vineyard Pinot Noir in 2000. Our oldest Pinot Noir vineyard, Stonier Family Vineyard, had its first release with the 2009 vintage, as did our Lyncroft vineyard. The result was exceptional expressions of site in our Lyncroft Vineyard Chardonnay, Lyncroft Vineyard Pinot Noir and Stonier Family Vineyard Pinot Noir.