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 Yarra Pinot Grigio 2018

    $ 23.00 incl. GST

    Sourced from a single block in Seville East in Upper Yarra, this wine is fermented wild and raised in stainless steel for freshness.

    Light gold colour with a green tinge. A refreshing aromatic profile of soft white florals, pear, grapefruit pith, and creamy notes. A hint of lychee also pops into the mix. The palate has a flinty element which supports fruit flavours of pear, nectarine and orange cake. The wine displays a good balance of savoury and textural elements with a clean dry finish.

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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 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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