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Stoneburn Marlborough 2018 Sauvignon Blanc and 2016 Pinot Noir

14 September,2018

Stoneburn is a secondary label created in the 1990s by Hunter’s Wines in Marlborough as an export label for the U.K. long before such things were common. The brand has continued to be developed and refreshed, and retains a contemporary appearance. Stoneburn is made by James Macdonald and is still a strong export brand. Here, I review the 2018 Sauvignon Blanc and 2016 Pinot Noir. www.stoneburn.co.nz

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Stoneburn Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc 2018

Sauvignon Blanc from New Zealand – Marlborough

16/20

Bright, very pale yellow colour, near colourless on the edge. The nose is softly full with pungent and savoury passionfruit and green stonefruit aromas along with herbs and a suggestion of earth, unfolding soft gooseberry notes and hints of green beans and musk. Dry to taste and medium-bodied, the palate has a slender but concentrated core of pungent passionfruit melded with savoury gooseberry fruit. The core is rounded with some underlying phenolic grip and texture, with fresh, lacy acidity adding briskness. This is straightforward and flows to a taut, acidic finish. This is a slender Sauvignon Blanc with pungent passionfruit and savoury gooseberry flavours on a phenolic palate with brisk acidity. Serve with Mediterranean fare over the next 2 years. Wairau Valley fruit fermented in stainless-steel to 12.0% alc. and 2.5 g/L RS, the wine aged 10 weeks on lees. 16.0/20 Sep 2018 RRP $12.99

Stoneburn Marlborough Pinot Noir 2016

Pinot Noir from New Zealand – Marlborough

15.5/20

Light, garnet-hued red colour with some depth, paler edged. The nose is elegantly concentrated with moderately deep aromas of strawberry and cherry fruit along with spicy, nutty oak, and a fine line of fresh and dark herbs at the core. The fruit is dominated by the oak. Medium-bodied, the palate has a deep, ethereal core of red cherry and berry fruit, along with an overlay of spicy oak. The mouthfeel has some vigour and the wine carries along a light-textured line with integrated acidity, leading to a slender, spicy, oaky finish. This is a light-fruited Pinot Noir with dominating oak flavours on a light-textured palate. Serve with antipasto and tapas over the next 2-3 years. Fruit from the Wairau Valley fermented to 13.0% alc., the wine aged 10 months in new and seasoned French oak barriques. 15.5/20 Sep 2018 RRP $16.99

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