Cellaring Guide

Stonecroft wines evolve in the bottle and so cellaring the wines can be a rewarding experience. It is difficult to know how long to keep a wine. If possible, purchase a case of wine and then open one bottle to see how the wine is developing. Below is a rough guide showing what stage the wines might be currently be at. It is also worth remembering that wines can go through a dip a couple of years after bottling and then pick up again later on.

1. Leave if you can, but will be satisfying
2. Fine now – but will continue to improve
3. Drinking well
4. Don’t delay too long
5. Too late
● Did not make

Wine 2019 2018 2017 2016 2015 2014 2013 2012 2011 2010 2009 2008 2007 2006
Gewürztraminer 1 1 1 2 2 2 2 4 3 4 4 4 4
Old Vine Gewürztraminer 1 2 2 2 3 3 3 3
Gewürztraminer LH 1 3
Chardonnay 1 1 1 2 2 3 3 3 3 3 3 4 4
Old Vine Chardonnay 2 2 2 2 2 3 4 4
Viognier 1 1 2 2 2 3
Ruhanui 1 1 1 2 2 3 3 3 3 3
Cabernet Sauvignon 1 1 1 3
Serine Syrah 2 2 3 3 3 4 3 3 4 4 4
Reserve Syrah 1 1 2 1 2 3 2 3 3 3 3
Zinfandel 1 1 1 1 2 1 4 5 3 3 3 4