Friday, May 27, 2016

Good Company

Our 2015 Rosé in good company at Sherry Lehmann Wine & Spirits on Park Avenue, New York City.

Friday, May 20, 2016

Stonecrop Perfect Pairings




Having a number of fishermen neighbors and friends we often find ourselves the 
fortunate recipients of the freshest fish. 

In the Montauk community there's always a constant swapping of bread, wine, fish, produce, honey, eggs, herbs - It makes all the difference to the cooking and dining experience when you know your fisherman, beekeeper, chicken keeper, bread maker, vegetable gardener, oh, and winemaker.

All recipes tried and tested in the Stonecrop kitchen.

Fresh cod with braised celery hearts with anchovies, grainy mustard and capers
Roasted cumin, buttered carrots
A lentil recipe from Saveur mag - lavender, roasted beets with lentils

 Miso, sake grilled salmon
Toasted barley with cauliflower, corn and black olives
The first of the arugula from our garden


Skate with brown butter and paprika
Black rice with sweet potatoes, soy and sesame oil
Brussels sprout and romaine caesar

Wednesday, April 27, 2016

Big Mac


At the entrance to Stonecrop vineyard sits our big old Macrocarpa aka Big Mac.
Back in 2003 when we planted our vines we also started a native New Zealand garden, planting in the plot around Big Mac. New Zealand native plants are know for their foliage, form and structure. Lancewood, Lacebark, Hebe, Kowhia, Muehlenbeckia, Coprosma, Flax and Ferns 
were just some of the trees and shrubs that we planted. 
Thirteen years on most of them are thriving, we did have some winter casualties and some were a tasty snack for the sheep next door, but the New Zealand native plants add another dimension to the entrance at Stonecrop, especially the divaricating plants (wide angled and intertangled) such as Muehlenbeckia and Coprosma, creating a dynamic tapestry
as you enter before approaching the vines.



Tuesday, March 22, 2016

East End Classic Boat Society + Stonecrop Wines

Every year we have a celebration with the East End Classic Boat Society in Amagansett. Friends and boat builders enjoy our trio of wines in the beautiful building next to the 
Marine Museum overlooking the ocean.


The East End Classic Boat Society invites anyone who would like to enjoy the fun of wooden boat building to join it at the Hartjen–Richardson Community Boat Shop in Amagansett. For those with no prior woodcraft experience, it’s a chance to learn. For those with know-how, it’s an opportunity to use their skills and guide others. The cost of belonging is only $35 a year.
The group works to maintain traditional skills used to build and restore vintage era boats. Members come from all walks of life, including metal workers, writers, cabinetmakers, artists, carpenters and doctors.
They are open on Wednesdays and Saturdays from noon to 2 p.m.

The society operates from a well-appointed, modern building filled with a wealth of equipment, tools and machinery used to construct new boats of classic design and restore vintage watercraft.  The boat shop was built in 2008 and is located behind the marine museum at 301 Bluff Road in Amagansett.

Stonecrop Wines and EECBS make a good team - We each share a passion for a handcrafted, quality product with a focus on traditional skills.

Wednesday, March 9, 2016

Dry River Road



Stonecrop is a small 20 acre vineyard situated on the edge of an ancient riverbed on the renowned Dry River Road, Martinborough. The gravely, deep, free-draining soils combined with the cool maritime climate and low rainfall allow us to produce wines of exceptional quality.

Martinborough
Soil scientists discovered a direct connection to Burgundy, an almost identical mix of free-draining river gravels, temperature and rainfall. Excellent concentration, structure, complexity and texture set Martinborough wines apart - low cropping levels, unique soils and climate consistently ensure these qualities are found in the wines of the Wairarapa region.
There are other Burgundian connections, including the boutique scale and strong family ties to land, vines and wines.  Wines from Martinborough are renowned as premium wines with an international reputation 
that far outweighs its tiny production levels.

Sustainability
Stonecrop is a member of the New Zealand Sustainable Winegrowing programme and is an accredited SWNZ vineyard. The practice of Sustainable Winegrowing helps to improve the performance of our vineyard with a focus on the conservation of natural resources.

We are committed to using natural methods to control pests and diseases, which means a reduction of chemicals and sprays, creating a healthy environment for soil and vines resulting in the production of the best quality grapes possible and the production of world class
pinot noir, sauvignon blanc and rosé wines.















Wednesday, March 2, 2016

Everyone loves a Martinborough Pinot Noir

Especially one from the renowned Dry River Road - All of our Stonecrop pinot noir grapes are carefully handpicked to ensure that only the best fruit makes it to the bottle.

VINTAGE NOTES:
In 2011 the Martinborough region experienced warm temperatures at flowering and a very even fruit set with good crop levels which, due to good summer temperatures, led to an early veraison. The fruit reached optimum ripeness with great flavor concentration and arrived at the winery in excellent condition. The good physiological and flavor development at lower sugar (brix) levels allowed the wine to show good flavor and Pinot texture.

Stonecrop is a member of the New Zealand Sustainable Winegrowing program and is an accredited SWNZ vineyard. The practice of Sustainable Winegrowing helps to improve the performance of our vineyard with a focus on the conservation of natural resources. We are committed to using natural methods to control pests and diseases, which means a reduction of chemicals and sprays, creating a healthy environment for soil and vines resulting in the production of the best quality grapes possible.

WINEMAKER NOTES:
The fruit was 100% destemmed and fermented for 8 days in small fermenters by clone with hand plunging at six-hourly intervals, post ferment maceration and gentle pressing off. Careful barrel selection using French oak Damy and Cadus barrels to balance the tannins and 16 months maturation in 20% new oak resulted in a well balanced wine.
Nose:    Ripe intense classic aromas of soft plum and black cherry with developing gamy and earthy complexity.
Palate:  Rich fruit dominates the palate supported by soft tannins that have developed a silkiness with bottle age.  A concentrated, full-bodied Pinot Noir yet elegant and balanced, with mineral, fruit and oak flavors, showing classic Pinot Noir complexity and supple texture.


Wednesday, January 27, 2016

Stonecrop & Oyster Inn

We are proud to announce we have produced a wonderful pinot noir for our friends at The Oyster Inn in Waiheke, New Zealand.