2022 Stoney Rise Trousseau

Stoney Rise |Tasmania |Trousseau
Super small-batch Trousseau from the Stoney Rise vineyard in Tamar Valley. Fermented in amphora, no sulphur, a unique wine in the Tasmanian landscape.

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Joe Holyman has been playing around with a small plot of Trousseau for a few years now.

It's just the kind of variety that intrigues him. Good Trousseau is about texture and nuance as opposed to out and out power and flavour. If you've tried some of the delicious examples out of the Jura, you'll know exactly what persuaded Joe to plant it on his vineyard in the Tamar Valley.

He ferments this in amphora, bottles it without the addition of sulphur - it's a 'natural' wine in the best possible sense of the word.

Up until now, this has only been released at cellar door and to Joe's mailing list. We managed to pick up a few dozen to give you a chance to try it if you can't make it to Joe and Lou's homey cellar door.

93 points
"The sort of juicy, effusively flavored mid-weighted wine that one can drink in extremely large drafts. Poised, juicy and crunchy. Mellifluous gear, best served on the cooler side. Forestry cherry notes, violet, anise and earthenware riffs. Sticky tannins corral the seams to placate any excess of fruit sweetness. Drink or hold briefly. Screw cap."
- Ned Goodwin MW (James Suckling)

At its highest point the vineyard is only 30 meters above sea level, with the lowest being less than 10 meters, and it is less than 1 kilometre from the Tamar River.

We have 0.75 of a hectare of Chardonnay, 3.2 hectares of Pinot Noir and 0.2 of a hectare of recently planted Grüner Veltliner for a total of 4.2 hectares. The rows run north/south and have a row spacing of 2.2 meters and the vines are 1.2m apart giving a density of 4500 vines per hectare.

The spur pruned vines are treated individually in relation to the crop they carry. We never have more than two bunches of grapes per shoot and any vines that are weaker will only have 1 bunch per shoot which results in us averaging 1.5 bunches per shoot or 4.5 tonnes per hectare.

We are very conscious of our environment; we use minimal sprays and have not used herbicides for 3 years. We have begun to use some biodynamic preparations on the soil in an effort to build soil health which we believe will result in increased vine health.

90 points - "Raised in anfora. This is a wild one. Beef pan juices with herbs, cherry and smoked paprika, a bit floral, also some more bucolic cowshed stuff happening. It’s medium-bodied, sour cherry with a bloody character, fresh though, with an excellent terracotta feel to tannin, and a stony and sappy finish of good length, some raspberry juice too. No doubt it will be polarising, though I find it quite interesting to drink." - Gary Walsh (The Wine Front)

91 points - "Also known as bastardo, one of the two main grapes in the French Jura. Unexpected full, bright crimson colour. An initially closed bouquet, the palate has length and is full of juicy red fruits, raspberry and redcurrant – part of a full spectrum. What it lacks is texture, but the second glass is easy to enjoy." - James Halliday (Halliday Wine Companion)

93 points - "The sort of juicy, effusively flavored mid-weighted wine that one can drink in extremely large drafts. Poised, juicy and crunchy. Mellifluous gear, best served on the cooler side. Forestry cherry notes, violet, anise and earthenware riffs. Sticky tannins corral the seams to placate any excess of fruit sweetness. Drink or hold briefly. Screw cap." - Ned Goodwin MW (James Suckling)

Stoney Rise

Stoney Rise is a small winery in Tasmania's Tamar Valley that has a huge reputation.

Winemaker Joe & Lou Holyman purchased the property in 2004, a picturesque site planted to Pinot Noir and Chardonnay planted in 1986.

Since then, they have developed a keen following, producing some of the most stunning Chardonnay and Pinot Noir on the Apple Isle. Interestingly, they also have a little Gruner Veltliner and Trousseau in the ground adding a little colour to their range.

These wines fly off the shelves. And no wonder, they are right at the top of the pile in terms of quality in Tasmania at the moment, with demand far outstripping their small production each year.

Lou and Joe, and their new cellar door - Tamar Valley, Tasmania Stoney Rise

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