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Decanter New Zealand Pinot Noir Feature

Decanter New Zealand Pinot Noir Feature

In the June 2022 issue of Decanter a stand out feature was the New Zealand 20 premium wines to try written by Tina Gellie.

With hundreds of fantastic Pinot's coming out of New Zealand now, we are very proud to have not one but two entries listed, (10% for the mathematicians amongst us!), from Gibbston Valley and Fromm Vineyard.

Fromm Clayvin Vineyard 2017 scored 93 points with a recommended window of 2022-2026 for optimum drinking although we feel may last a good few years longer than that.

"This renowned, north-facing clay vineyard at the top of the Brancott Valley has produced a beautiful wine in this vintage, and it's really starting to sing. Deep, intense and expressive, there's bags of juicy strawberries and red plums along with rose petals, cherries and buttery popcorn oak tones. Mouthfilling, with yielding tannins and bright acidity."

Gibbston Valley Le Maitre 2016 from Central Otago hit 92 points with thoughts of an extra years drinking on the former.

"This is Gibbston Valley's top single-vineyard Pinot (also check out the China Terrace and School House cuvées: 2016, £60 and £75 respectively, Hard to Find Wines). The dry-farmed site, the original Home Block planted in 1983, has produced a plush, inky mineral wine, boasting smoke, undergrowth and chocolate-covered liquorice flavours alongside crunchy black fruit."

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Harvest at Stony Brook Vineyards

Harvest at Stony Brook Vineyards

The McNaught family has been making wine in Franschhoek, South Africa since the late 1980s. From the very beginning, Nigel and Joy focussed on creating top-quality wines, something that has been a consistent theme through the family's journey. In 1995, they sold their first farm and bought Stony Brook, a small fruit farm, situated in the southernmost corner of Franschhoek. The McNaughts began replanting the farm with vines and built a small cellar. The Stony Brook label was launched!

In 2011, their son Craig joined the Stony Brook team and took over as winemaker and continued to produce premium, small volume wines. Amongst these is Ovidius, Stony Brook's acclaimed single varietal Tempranillo.

We visited Craig and the team at Stony Brook in time to catch them harvesting their 2020 vintage.

Images of Harvest


Compared to previous years, which had been affected by drought, this season has been a good one for Franschhoek wine farmers. After initial concerns with up and down weather, the majority of the harvest has produced great results. The expectation is that the wines produced from this year's harvest will have a great flavour profile.

Stony Brook Wines

The Stony Brook philosophy on wine marries a traditional approach to winemaking with modern techniques. Cultivars used in their wines include a strong emphasis on Cabernet Sauvignon, Semillon and Chardonnay. In addition, their range of wines also include Cabernet Franc, Tempranillo, Pinot Noir, Sauvignon Blanc, Shiraz, Viognier, Malbec, Mourvèdre and Merlot.

Craig creates small volumes of expertly crafted, old-world style wines produced in a new-world environment. His wines truly reflect the terroir of Franschhoek. We are delighted to be partnering with Craig and Stony Brook to bring you these excellent Franschhoek wines through our website.

Take a look at the range we have available, and place your order now for next day delivery!

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