Stonecroft Wine Hawkes Bay
Stonecroft, the project of the former owner soil scientist Dr Alan Limmer, earned a reputation for rich, characterful examples of Syrah and Gewürztraminer that helped to broaden interest among New Zealand producers in varieties other than the mainstream Chardonnay, Sauvignon Blanc, etc. All the Stonecroft wines, from approximately 10 ha of sheltered and particularly warm vineyards, are bold and richly textured, with concentrated fruit. Syrah, Gewürztraminer and Chardonnay are now the focus of production. The latter is bold and powerful, with a depth and substance missing from most New Zealand Chardonnay if not yet showing the refinement or elegance that should be possible here. Syrah Reserve, with a refined mineral, blackcurrant, plum character and a hint of white pepper, is the real star. Structured but with the rich fruit on the finish that is common to all these wines, it is best drunk with 5 years’ age or more. A second string Syrah Serine is also now made. Ruhanui is a varying blend of Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot. It shows ripe, stylish fruit and ages impressively. From the same varieties a cheaper blend, Crofters, is also made. Zinfandel was added in 1999. Stonecroft’s Sauvignon is good if unusually spicy and tropical.
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