Wine of the week: an epic pinot noir from Australia

The Mornington Peninsula region makes arguably the finest boutique pinot noir in the world, outside of the Côte d’Or in Burgundy.

2019 Stonier, Pinot Noir, Mornington Peninsula, Victoria, Australia

£22.99, reduced to £18.99 in a “mix six”, majestic.co.uk

The delicious 2018 is perilously low in stock in store (and has sold out online), but I am told there will be no out-of-stock calamities for this wine! The Mornington Peninsula region, situated an hour south of Melbourne, makes arguably the finest boutique pinot noir in the world, outside of the Côte d’Or in Burgundy. I hosted an online masterclass last month and every single wine was a winner. I urge you to seek out examples from Moorooduc Estate, Paringa Estate, Ten Minutes by Tractor, Kooyong, Ocean Eight, Scorpo, Crittenden Estate and my featured Stonier. These are all elite wineries with epic wines and I do not use these descriptors lightly.

Stonier is the least expensive wine in the line-up and yet stood shoulder to shoulder with the big guns. It is, therefore, my nominated “cheerleader”. If you are new to Mornington, let Stonier be your guide to the treasures found here. The 2019 draws on fruit from across this unique maritime region and, with 5% of whole bunches used and even 10% new French oak in the mix, it has some of the filigree detail that adds complexity and flair to these exquisite wines.  

I have known Stonier winemaker Mike Symons for nearly 20 years and he is one of the most considered, modest and supremely talented chaps in the country. His skill is not to be understated, particularly when you weigh up the value afforded by this impossibly beautiful wine.

Matthew Jukes is a winner of the International Wine & Spirit Competition’s Communicator of the Year (matthewjukes.com).

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