Being one of the first (1982) to plant syrah on the Gimblett gravels in Hawke’s Bay, Stonecroft have played a leading role in making this region world famous for stunning cool climate syrah. Today, their whole range impresses as only vine age and 30 years experience can. Dr Alan Limmer established Stonecroft and progressively established one of the finest reputations in the region. Dermot McCollum and Andria Monin took over in 2010 and have not missed a beat with a number of recent wine reviews receiving even higher accolades. All wines are made in small quantities and you can taste the hand made quality.
The chosen one: Stonecroft sauvignon blanc 2014
A very aromatic Sauvignon Blanc with varietal gooseberry and hints of lime and white peach.
In the press:
A lovely elegant style, the delicately lifted bouquet shows nectarine, feijoa and lime zest with subtle nutty complexity. It is focused and finely textured on the palate, and offers gentle weight, beautifully framed by bright acidity. Wonderful structure and length. At its best: now to 2019 90 Points, 4.5 Stars – Sam Kim, wine orbit.
A little about the winemaker Dermot McCollum:
1. Is there one wine rule that should be broken?
It’s OK to match red wine with fish.
2. What’s the most underrated drink more people should know about?
3. What’s the most valuable lesson you’ve learned while working in the wine industry?
To think long term. Some investments (like planting a new vineyard) take 8-10 years to start paying back.
4. If you weren’t involved in wine, what would you be doing?
Being a chemical engineer……..again.
5. What’s your desert island wine?
Domaine Matrot Mersault-Charmes 1er Cru 1999
6. If you were to stay home tonight for a relaxing evening, drinking wine while watching a movie, which movie would you watch? Which wine would you drink? Explain?
Pulp Fiction with a bottle of Cruz d’Alba Crianza 2010. Perfect mid-week combination. High octane movie with excellent inexpensive wine.
7. What are you selling a lot of?
Reserve syrah and the Ruhanui merlot/CS