2012 Stoney Rise Pinot Noir

2011 Stoney Rise Pinot Noir

Tim White


Gentle pippy perfume: cherry pips and loganberry pips - a transitory waft of young ginger.  Has a sheer coating of pips on the tongue, with mouth-sucking tannins and fruit to finish.

93 pts

Andrew Graham


I always like the back label on these Stoney Rise wines. Joe Holyman, Stoney Rise winemaker, lists a bunch of suitable words that sums up the wines personality in a nice abstract fashion (this wine references, amongst other things: Motown, lovers, sticky ribs and much more). I probably ought to just quote those, give a score and go to bed.

Before I do head to bed, it's probably worth mentioning just how clever this luncheon Pinot is. It's light coloured, light bodied and fragrant, a deliberately open made for immediate enjoyment.

What sets it apart though is the sneaky late tannins and power through the finish, a reminder that this ain't no sweetly oaked, red cordial-esque Pinot Noir that has been fed through an RO machine to concentrate the flavours.

Rather, this is a let's-smash-a-bottle-at-lunch, seriously unserious Pinot that is seriously made and tastes seriously good. Probably even better than the 2011 at that.  Tasty stuff.

91 pts | Drink 2013 - 2018

Winsor Dobbin


Joe Holyman is one of the great characters of the wine industry - and his wines are always also full of character. If you want to know what all the fuss is about when it comes to Tasmanian pinot noir, open a bottle of this.

It is a cracking new release from Holyman's Stoney Rise vineyard overlooking the Tamar Valley and offers a beautifully balanced melange of bright cherry, delicatessen and earthy notes along with well-integrated French oak. Lovely stuff.