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Stefani Estate

www.stefaniestatewines.com.au

389 Heathcote-Rochester Rd, Heathcote, 3523

Cellar Door: By appointment

Ph: (03) 9570 8570

Stefani Estate wines from the Yarra Valley

Stefani is based on three vineyards - two in the Yarra and one in the Heathcote. Italian immigrants Stefano and Rina Stefani established their first vineyard on the Yarra's Long Gully Rd, and then in the Heathcote next to Mario Marson.

Mario, who worked at the iconic Mount Mary, is their winemaker and oversees the operation at the three vineyards.

The range includes: Shiraz, Cabernet Sauvignon, Melot, Cabernet Franc, Malbec, Chardonnay, Pinot Noir, and Pinot Grigio.

Tasting Notes

There are three types of Tasting notes:

(W) Notes from the winery (blurbs from bottle)

(GXY) Notes from a GenXY wine reviewer

(G) Notes from GenXY's Tasting events (collective opinions)

Stefani Estate Merlot 2013

Purchased: Not ($45)

Drink: 2021

(GXY) Tasting: June 2016, plush plum and mulberry with olive, bay leaf and mint notes, medium bodied with charry cedar/vanilla/nutmeg  French oak support and fine tannins (***1/2)

Stefani Estate Heathcote Merlot 2013

Purchased:  Not ($45)

Drink: 2020

(GXY) Tasting: June 2015, fleshy and quite savoury and plummy with some blackberry,  lots of bay leaf/olive and a touch of anise, medium bodied with fine grained tannin and subtle French oaking (***1/2)

Stefani Estate Marsanne Roussanne 2012

Purchased: Not ($25)

Drink: 2020

(GXY) Tasting: Oct 2014, barrel ferment and malo, viscous and creamy lemon barley and orange peel with almond notes, fine chalky phenolics with good acidity and length (****)

Stefani Estate Heathcote Shiraz 2010

Purchased: Not ($32)

Drink: 2021

(GXY) Tasting: June 2014, savoury black cherry and blackberry with black olive, sage, anise and mint notes, minerally and medium bodied but feels more elegant and lighter than the 14.5% alcohol, rich dark coffee/cinnamon oaking and persistent chalky tannins (****)

Stefani Estate Heathcote Shiraz 2008

Purchased: Not ($45)

Drink: 2018

(GXY) Tasting: Oct 2011, plump and glycerolly style showing ripe blackberry, cherry and fruitcake with liquorice and herb notes, minerally chasis with generous input from the French oak barriques, mouth-filling fine grained tannins (***1/2)

Stefani Estate Heathcote Merlot 2008

Purchased: Not ($45)

Drink: 2017

(GXY) Tasting: Oct 2011, broad and ripe red cherry, dark plum and fruitcake with white pepper and violet notes, juicy and fleshy medium-full bodied palate with chewy tannins on the finish (***1/2)

Stefani Estate Heathcote Shiraz 2006

Purchased: Not ($40)

Drink: 2014

(GXY) Tasting: Sept 2008, fairly deep set and tightly packed dark plum and redcurrant, medium-full bodied, rather glycerolly smooth plate frames the black pepper and anise features, coffee-chocolate oak, slightly grippy acids and tannins (***1/2)