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Stoneleigh ‘Wild Valley’ 2018 Rosé and Pinot Gris

Stoneleigh first introduced the ‘Wild Valley’ range in with a Sauvignon Blanc and Pinot Noir made by indigenous yeast fermentation. This is a vinification technique that is deemed relatively adventurous and risky, as fermentations are less controllable and can veer towards spoilage. However when done carefully, the resulting wine can be more interesting, and it is claimed to be more representative of the terroir. Winemaker Jamie Marfell deemed these two wines very successful and made an indigenous yeast fermented Chardonnay in 2016. Now, with 2018, Stoneleigh are releasing a 2018 Rosé and Pinot Gris, made by indigenous yeast fermentation. The packaging has changed to show the distinctiveness to the other Stoneleigh wines. Here are my reviews. These are high quality and interesting bottlings.

Stoneleigh ‘Wild Valley’ ‘Wild Fermented’ Marlborough Rosé 2018
Bright, pale cerise pink with some depth and slight purple hues, lighter on the rim. The nose is fresh and fragrant with good intensity and depth of strawberries and cream, dark red cherries along with lifted red florals and a mouthwatering amalgam of minerals and herbs, unfolding hints of fresh fermentation esters. Dryish to taste, the palate has sweetly rich and vibrant aromatic flavours of strawberries and cream, with intense florals, hints of raspberries and nuances of confectionary, along with ferment esters. The flavours are up-front and succulent and enlivened by bright,, thirst-quenching acidity, and the wine flows smoothly along a fine-textured palate with good linearity, leading to a lingering, juicy finish. This is a sweetly aromatic dryish rosé with strawberries and cream, raspberry, florals and minerals on a fragrant palate. Match with antipasto and dim sum over the next 2 years. Pinot Noir fruit, clones 5, 6, 777 and 115 from the ‘Stoneleigh’ vineyards, vines 10-30 y.o., picked and given a short period of skin contact and indigenous yeast fermented in stainless-steel to 13.32% alc. and 6.5 g/L RS. 18.5-/20 Sep 2018 RRP $17.99

Stoneleigh ‘Wild Valley’ ‘Wild Fermented’ Marlborough Pinot Gris 2018
Bright yellow colour with pale golden hues at the heart, lighter on the edge. The nose is firm with a concentrated but rounded core of savoury yellow stonefruits along with fresh yellow florals, and subtle notes of pears and honeysuckle.. A little complexity of nutty oak and mineral elements add interest. Off-dry to taste and medium bodied, the palate has a gently rich and concentrated, rounded core of ripe yellow sonefruits along with notes of pears and florals, with some savoury honeysuckle. The fruit is up-front and provides plenty of presence on the palate. The flavours carry with plenty of body and underlying power, leading to a rounded, full finish of honey and stonefruit. This is a rich, up-front, dryish Pinot Gris with plenty of fruit depth showing stonefruits, pears and honeysuckle with some savoury detail. Match with Asian and Middlle Eastern cuisine over the next 3+ years. Mass Selected fruit from the ‘Stoneleigh’ vineyards, vines 14-21 y.o., fermented in stainless-steel with a portion in large seasoned oak cuves by indigenous yeasts to 13.25% alc. and 5.8 g/L RS. 18.5/20 Sep 2018 RRP $17.99
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