Stonier Reserve Chardonnay 2009

Stonier was established by the Stonier family in Merricks in 1977 and unlike many wineries in the Mornington Peninsula is part of an international conglomerate, which sees its wines distributed widely.  Then listed company Petaluma acquired Stonier in 1998, and in 2001, Lion Nathan purchased a controlling interest in Petaluma.  In 2009, the company was taken over by Japanese brewer, Kirin Holdings.  

I thought this Reserve Chardonnay from Stonier showed extremely well.   2009 was a difficult year in the Mornington Peninsula a result of heat waves in January and February, the same year as the fires raged through the Yarra Valley.  Believe me, it was one hot summer.  Somehow Stonier however have put together quite a decent wine here.  Slate, minerals and oak round out carefully constructed aromatics.  Quite long length, lemon citrus, white nectarine and cashew nuts make up the palate.  This is a really quite outstanding chardonnay from a difficult year.  89-90 points (very good - extremely good)

Abv: 14%
Price: $40
Vendors: try Nicks
Tasted: May 2012
Mornington Peninsula
July 13, 2012

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