Greenstone Vineyard / Heathcote/Yarra Valley, Vic

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First Rate Sites And Viticulture – A Pinnacle Producer Of Victoria

Formerly Greenstone of Heathcote, Greenstone Vineyards began in 2003 as a 40 hectare property (20 Ha under vine) near the town of Heathcote in central Victoria. Planted principally to Shiraz and Sangiovese, this vineyard is unique in several ways, close planted to reduce individual vine yield, and planted (atypically for the region) east-west, providing shade for fruit and reducing disease pressure due to exposure to cleansing breezes. It is here the name Greenstone is derived, due to the copper infused basalt Cambrian soils of Heathcote.

A change of ownership in 2015 saw the acquisition and addition of a winery and vineyards in the Yarra Valley, the former site of Sticks/Yarra Ridge. This has provided a picturesque cellar door facility close to Melbourne, as well as plantings of Pinot Noir, Chardonnay, Cabernet Sauvignon, Sauvignon Blanc and more. Production across the two sites is deceptively small, with the wines genuinely hand made and quality paramount.

From the get-go a first rate producer, the wine styles are across the board sophisticated, complex, and for want of a better descriptor, grown up – think fruit concentration with purity, texture, refinement and drive. Philosophy has always been to express well grown fruit from excellent sites, and with a broadening offering of wines , the future looks very bright for Greenstone.

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  • Greenstone Gusto Pinot Grigio 2019

    $ 25.00 incl. GST

    Fruit is taken from Killara Estate Vineyard, Seville East in the Yarra Valley. No oak in this zesty juice, but the wine sees some lees stirring to build texture. It’s fresh and vibrant with crunchy pear and lemon juice, and a crackling talc mineral profile. Enough textural richness to keep it interesting and maintain personality.

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  • Greenstone Gusto Rosé 2019

    $ 25.00 incl. GST

    50/50 Shiraz and Sangiovese from the vaunted Greenstone Heathcote Vineyard. Direct pressed and fermented in seasoned oak, blended totank. Pretty wine – summer berries, cranberries and cream, with fine savoury fruit tannins adding some sophistication. Screaming for classic rosé matches of charcuterie, grilled vegetables and just about anything else.

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  • Greenstone Gusto Sangiovese 2018

    $ 25.00 incl. GST

    A lot of attention goes into this as far as entry level wines go – actually 85% Sangiovese (mix of clones) with 10% Shiraz and 5% Colorino. Fermented in tank and static fermenters and raised in stainless and seasoned oak. A whole bunch portion of roughly 30% provides further dimension. As arguably their signature grape, Greenstone have made a more than decent iteration, savoury, with cranberry and red currant fruit draped over lacy Sangio tannins. Pizza wine plus.

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  • Greenstone Gusto Shiraz 2018

    $ 25.00 incl. GST

    A mix of clones from the estate’s renowned Heathcote vineyard, with only 11% seeing any oak, 1 year old at that. Deep and inky in colour, more juicy and playful than the other Shiraz offerings of the producer, with middle eastern spices, dark berries, and a little black-jellybean-dipped-in-Ribena. Crunchy tannins, belies Shiraz of Heathcote’s typical earthiness for vibrancy.

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  • Greenstone Yarra Sauvignon Blanc 2017

    $ 32.00 incl. GST

    Barrel fermented in French oak hogsheads, and aged 8 months on lees, this wine is bright and lively, both visually and aromatically. A warm fermentation temperature has provided a savory undertone while the intensity and sweetness of the fruit shines. Zesty citrus lemon and lime fruits cut the cooler guava and green melon tropical fruits that fill the palate. Custard and chewy textural wood elements provide further layers of complexity. This wine while drinking well in its youth will provide further enjoyment in 3 or 4 years.

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  • Greenstone Yarra Chardonnay 2017

    $ 33.00 incl. GST

    Grown in sandy clay/loam soil, fermented in barrel and rested for 11 months on lees prior to bottling.  Clear and pristine yellow straw with green highlights in the glass. A balance of crunchy fresh fruits and riper tropical fruits lift with notes of struck match, toast and baked pastries. Flavours of grapefruit, nectarine and cashew are rich and full through the palate. Lees contact has provided a creamy element through the wine. The natural fruit and winemaking influences show as a restrained and balanced example of Yarra Valley Chardonnay.

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  • Greenstone Estate Heathcote Sangiovese 2015

    $ 33.00 incl. GST

    A reference point for Australian Sangiovese. Fully destemmed, this wine starts with a cold soak and is allowed to ferment naturally.  Sees around 16 months in French oak prior to bottling.

    “Grown on a close-planted vineyard at Heathcote. It’s well worth tracking this wine down.
    Sangiovese of presence. It’s not particularly weighty but it makes itself known; the palate carries an air of authority. Coffeed oak, black cherries, herbs and spiced, and lots of tannin-strewn carry through the finish. Both leathery and refreshing at once. Persistence, real persistence. Modern and traditional at the same time. Really impressive. Price is excellent too.” 
    93 points, Campbell Mattinson, www.winefront.com.au

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  • Greenstone Estate Heathcote Shiraz 2016

    $ 33.00 incl. GST

    Considered and precise growing and winemaking comes to the fore here, with four individual Shiraz clones vinified separately. New and seasoned French oak is used, with varying barrel sizes, and comprehensive blending trials to ensure harmony and elegance.

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  • Greenstone Yarra Valley Cabernet Sauvignon 2016

    $ 33.00 incl. GST

    Dark red with a maroon coloured hue, dense and shiny.

    Blackberry, blackberry and some more blackberries! Red currants and blueberry also present, with notes of cassis (black currant liqueur), dried summer leaves, and hints of coffee and smoked meat.

    The densely packed aromatics move through into the palate. The fruit shows fresh and crisp, and its sweetness is complemented by fine fruit tannins and oak phenolics. These sit comfortably under the fruit, pedestalling it, and carrying through the length of the palate. A dark richness is enveloping, yet remains elegant and refined.

    Medium bodied, this wine can be enjoyed for many years into the future.

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  • Greenstone Yarra Pinot Noir 2018

    $ 34.00 incl. GST

    From 1983 plantings, a complete and multi-layered Pinot, with whole bunch components and careful oak selections.  Vibrant in its youth, with deep maroon and purples shining through. A fine example of Pinot Noir showing black cherry, earthy truffle and all-spice. The ripeness of this Pinot shows a slightly herbal edge while having a lovely sweetness of ripe cherry and plums. A velvety tannin structure holds a firmness through the length of the wine.  Spice, coffee and an appealing charry character round out this complex wine.

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  • Greenstone Cordon Cut Viognier 2017 375Ml

    $ 39.00 incl. GST

    A dessert/late harvest style, achieved by cutting the cordons of the vines as the fruit reaches the desired ripeness.  This dehydrates the grapes increasing sugar and acid levels, as well as encouraging a little botrytis. The exotic flavours of Viognier work fantastically for this style.

    Vibrant in the glass. A glossy pale gold colour with a lime hue. Aromas of spring blossom, cumquat, musk, candied orange and lime all abound. The palate is intense with orange citrus fruits, stringy bark honey, and a touch of noble rot (Botrytis) all flowing the wine length. A harmonious balance between the acid and sugar ensures the finish of this wine is clean and fresh, leaving the taste buds wanting more.

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  • Greenstone Methode Traditionnelle Sparkling 2012

    $ 48.00 incl. GST

    53% Pinot Noir and 47% Chardonnay, fermented separately with a very small portion in old French hogsheads to provide complexity.  Aged on lees in tank and oak until tirage, then a further 48 months in bottle until disgorgement in November 2016.  A complex palate of Granny Smith apples, oyster shell, lemon tart and citrus, rounded out with breadiness, and a creamy and elegant texture with a fine bubble.

    Trophy winner Best Sparkling, Victorian Wine Show November 2017

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  • Greenstone Reserve Shiraz Heathcote 2015

    $ 62.00 incl. GST

    The nose displays refined ripe dark plum and dark cherry top notes followed by some liquorice, leather, subtle vanillin cedar and a light meatiness. Pepper and Graphite-like edge.

    Medium bodied the palate has dark plummy flavours alongside a lick of liquorice, cedary vanilla and spice. Elegant soft mouthfeel with very fine grained chocolatey and velvet like tannins. Aftertaste of dark plum, subtle liquorice, cedar and spice, and a glimmering slate-like spark on the finish.

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  • Greenstone Reserve Sangiovese Heathcote 2013

    $ 75.00 incl. GST

    A pinnacle example of Australian Sangiovese.  Fine and savoury and of light cherry colour, the nose delivers rain on bitumen, dark plum, fig, and tea leaf.  The palate drops red cherry, tobacco, suggestions of dried flowers and a hint of aniseed, burnt toffee and silky dark chocolate. A savoury finish of Italian dried herbs, over long fine and elegant tannin.

    ”This is serious stuff: layer upon layer of black cherry and bitter chocolate; it has a savoury profundity that takes you to the greatest names in Tuscany.”  97 points, James Halliday

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