Stonier Reserve Pinot Noir 2003

87 points

Mornington Peninsula, Victoria, Australia. 13.5%

This received a huge rating (eg 95 points) from James Halliday on release, and it was only $30 so it sold out fast.  I bought 6 bottles.  When I first tried it I found it oaky and young and wondered how Halliday saw into its future with such confidence.  Now at 5 years of age (in a good cellar) it seems mature and not terribly exciting.  It’s a nice varietal pinot, touch of Brett, with distinctive green tones, enjoyable, drink now.

Update: May 2010 – two years later this wine has obvious aged characteristics, which adds nicely.  Quite different to Otago Pinots with their sweet core, more Burgundian.  The green tones remain.  Today I’d give it 89 points – drink now.

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