"(just 12.5% alcohol, with a relatively low pH of 3.4; mostly from vines planted in 1992; vinified with wild yeasts and aged for 18 months in French oak, 35% new): Distinct northern Rhône funk on the nose: raspberry, blueberry, black olive, dried flowers, leather, game, pepper and gunflint. Saline and intense, in a distinctly leathery style. The wine's dark berry flavors are currently in the deep background. Finishes with chewy tannins. This fruit was harvested on a sunny day between two rain storms in April, said McCollum, who is aiming for "a more savory, structured, European style" with this bottling. The crop level here was less than five tons per hectare." (VM)
"Alan Limmer of Stonecroft was the first modern grower of Syrah in New Zealand, planting his first vines in 1984. While the winery has changed hands, it’s still a good source for Syrah. This bottling is appropriately smoky and peppery, with hints of bacon fat and blueberries, and a lingering, softly dusty finish." (WE)
Stonecroft is owned by Dermot McCollum and Andria Monin. The couple purchased Stonecroft in June 2010 and live on the Roy's Hill vineyard with their two children.
Dermot McCollum is originally from Ireland and has a background in chemical engineering. He gained a Certificate in Viticulture and Winemaking at Tairāwhiti Polytechnic in Gisborne, after undertaking WSET wines and spirits courses in London. Dermot has since completed vintages in Burgundy and Hawke’s Bay and has also worked at vineyards on Waiheke Island. He is both viticulturalist and winemaker at Stonecroft.
Andria Monin is a New Zealander who recently returned to the country after spending a number of years in London. Andria holds a WSET Diploma in Wines and Spirits and is a qualified lawyer in New Zealand and England. Andria co-ordinates Stonecroft’s marketing and business development activities.