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Stefani Estate

See Heathcote region

 

Stefano Stefani is based in the Heathcote region but also has two substantial vineyards in the Yarra Valley which provide a substantial and generally high quality portfolio of cooler climate varieties. Mario Marson is the winemaker and manages all the vineyards.

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 Boccallupo Sangiovese 2016

Purchased: Not ($45)

Drink: 2024

(GXY) Tasting: June 2017, spicy cherry, raspberry and plum with fennel and orange blossom notes, supple and medium bodied with chalky tannins and toasty nutmeg/marzipan oak (***1/2)

Stefani Estate Vigna Stefani Pinot Bianco 2015

Purchased: Not ($?)

Drink: 2017

(GXY) Tasting: June 2016, partial ferment in seasoned French barriques, crisp and tight white peach, pear and melon with white flower notes, a touch of lemon butter on the mid-palate leading to a mineral finish (****)

Stefani Estate The View Pinot Noir 2014

Purchased: Not ($45)

Drink: 2024

(GXY) Tasting: June 2016, glossy and viscous black cherry and plum  with strong game and forest floor elements, earthy and medium bodied, good palate length with savoury tannins and subtle French oak support (****)

Stefani Estate The View Pinot Gris 2014

Purchased: Not ($30)

Drink: 2017

(GXY) Tasting: June 2016, barrel fermented in neutral oak, viscous lemon butter, pear and apple with butterscotch notes, some textural aspects to the mid-palate leading to bright lemony acid/minerally finish (***1/2)

Stefani Estate The Gate Cabernet Sauvignon 2013

Purchased: Not ($45)

Drink: 2024

(GXY) Tasting: June 2016, quite ripe reflecting the vintage, showing glossy blackcurrant, mulberry and plum flavours with violet notes, medium bodied with fine tannins and spicy oak support (***1/2)

Stefani Estate The View Pinot Gris 2013

Purchased:  Not ($25)

Drink: 2016

(GXY) Tasting: June 2015, barrel fermented in neutral seasoned oak, creamy lemon butter, poached pear and apple with nougat and savoury lees notes, fine phenolics (****)

Stefani Estate The Gate Cabernet Sauvignon Merlot 2010

Purchased: Not ($35)

Drink: 2020

(GXY) Tasting: June 2014, fragrant, juicy and spicy blueberry, mulberry and dark plums with black olive, sage and mint notes, savoury and medium bodied with chalky tannins with balanced vanilla/cedar oak, elegant and focussed style (****1/2)

Stefani Estate The View Pinot Gris 2012

Purchased: Not ($20)

Drink: 2015

(GXY) Tasting: June 2014, creamy barrel fermented style, poached pear, apple and barley lemon with musky spices, honeysuckle and lees savouriness, fine briny phenolics (****)

Stefani Estate Boccalupo Sangiovese 2013

Purchased: Not ($35)

Drink: 2018

(GXY) Tasting: June 2014, quite savoury, medium bodied charry and plum with sage and fennel notes, rich and complex toasty cinamon/marizipan/nutmeg oak inputs and fine, chalky tannins, oaky but well suited to plenty of Italian foods (****)

Stefani Estate Boccalupo Yarra Valley Sangiovese 2010

Purchased: Not ($35)

Drink: 2016

(GXY) Tasting: June 2013, vines from cuttings of the family’s original vineyard in Boccalupo, Tuscany, supple and medium bodied red cherries and plums with mint and bay leaf notes, good intensity and length, chalky tannins with the spicy French oak giving a contemporary twist, medium term cellaring prospect (****)

Stefani Estate The View Pinot Gris 2010

Purchased: Cloudwine, South Melbourne ($22)

Drink: 2013

(GXY) Tasting: June 2012, distinctive golden bronze colour, creamy, richer style with ample barrel ferment and lees inputs, pear and apple with nougat, honeysuckle, flint and musky spice notes, finishes dry and savoury with apricot peel nuances and fairly gentle acidity, probably needs to drunk in the next twelve months while the acid is in balance with the richness (****)

Stefani Estate The View Yarra Valley Pinot Gris 2007

Purchased: Not ($35)

Drink: 2010

(GXY) Tasting: Feb 2009, Alsatian-inspired, attractive green apple and pear with honeysuckle and giner notes, plenty of barrel ferment texture filling out the mid-palate, crisp and minerally finish, good line and length for this variety that is proving to be difficult to excel at in Australia (****)

Stefani Estate The View Yarra Valley Chardonnay 2005

Purchased: Not ($50)

Drink: 2012

(GXY) Tasting: Nov 2007, elegant stonefruit, melon and nectarine with a hint of fig, complex malo, barrel ferment and lees inputs into the creamy lemon nougat palate, tight chalky mnerality, seamless cashew-vanilla oak, good length (****1/2)

Stefani Estate The View Yarra Valley Pinot Noir 2005

Purchased: Not ($45)

Drink: 2010

(GXY) Tasting: Nov 2007, a much more Pinot-orientated style than The Gate, medium bodied with red cherry and dark plum with a touch of raspberry, savoury with forest floor features, spicy oak with some tannic grip (****)

Stefani Estate The Gate Yarra Valley Cabernet Sauvignon Merlot 2005

Purchased: Not ($40)

Drink: 2015

(GXY) Tasting: Nov 2007, lighter style with blackcurrant and cassis, dried herb and white pepper, fine tannins running through palate, balanced oak has some pencil shavings aspects (***1/2)

Stefani Estate The View Yarra Valley Pinot Gris 2006

Purchased: Not ($35)

Drink: 2009

(GXY) Tasting: Nov 2007, green apple and pear with honeysuckle and musk notes, fairly full-bodied with barrel ferment texture filling out the mid-palate, crisp dry finish (***1/2)

Stefani Estate The Gate Yarra Valley Pinot Noir 2005

Purchased: Not ($40)

Drink: 2012

(GXY) Tasting: Sept 2007, shamelessly big brooding style showing dark plum and black cherry, medium-full bodied with obvious heavy extraction, some black pepper, sour cherry, sappy acid complexity with dark chocolate and cedary oak features, good length, a bit blocky for me but many will like the fruit bomb style (***1/2)

Stefani Estate The Gate Yarra Valley Pinot Noir 2004

Purchased: Not ($35)

Drink: 2012

(GXY) Tasting: March 2007, lots of dark plum with up front sweet strawberry, full bodied style showing signs of heavy extraction, some black pepper and sour cherry complexity before lashings of sweet chocolate oak, plenty of sappy acid grip, love it or hate it style (***1/2)