Stonecroft is the tiny, family-owned winery set in the heart of Gimblett Gravels in Hawke’s Bay. The current owners are Dermot McCollum and Andria Monin. Their passion for organic viticulture and their incredible terroir is reflected in the production of some of the most thrilling expressions of Syrah in the New World. Their wines have become a hallmark for Syrah in New Zealand: intense, elegant and fruit-driven, but capable of significant bottle development. The estate produces no more than 3,000 cases each year, making Stonecroft one of the true boutique wineries in the country.
"Red Rock Terrace displays a beautiful core of blackcurrant, crème de cassis and juicy red plums. Hiding behind the gorgeous sweet fruit, fragrant notes of cordial, cocoa and liquorice emerge with time in the glass. Laser-beam precision is supported by the finest, grippiest tannins imaginable. Those tannins carry the beautifully concentrated fruit to a long, long finish. Effortless and perfectly...more
"Brooding yet sensuous, Gravelly Meadow reveals earthy, savoury, meaty notes the nose, along with blackcurrants, blueberries and mulberries. There are subtle hints of herbs, tobacco and cedarwood. Once again, the tannic structure is impeccable and perfectly integrated. This says more about the superb quality of the fruit than it does about the 100% new oak. Gravelly Meadow is Diamond Creek’s...more
"Volcanic Hill shows intense notes of cassis, blackcurrant, blueberries and black cherries, followed by violets, cocoa and cordial. This is full bodied and opulent, yet the tannic structure is beautifully integrated and nothing is overblown – the balance is impeccable. It also manages to be seriously refreshing. Cedar, sweet spice, tobacco, graphite and the faintest hint of truffle all emerge...more