2015 Stones Throw
Stones Throw Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon, Malbec and Petit Verdot
This rich, inky red wine is made up of Merlot 69%, Cabernet Sauvignon 21%, Petit Verdot 5%, Malbec 5% 100% BC Grown This is a complex red with velvety tannin and a smooth, long finish. Certainly a wine to ponder and put the world to right with.
Savor NW Wine Awards – Gold – 2018 - National Wine Awards - Gold - 2018
2015 saw record breaking harvest dates and many wine industry professionals making comments like …”one of the best vintages in the last 100 years…” At River Stone the 2015 vintage brought both record early bud break dates in the spring, April 10th on the Cabernet Franc, as well as earliest recorded harvest dates starting with our Sauvignon Blanc picking date of August 29th and the Reds all harvested on or before October 1st. All with exceptional Quality. 2015 was a long, hot, dry growing season. The grapes for this single vineyard Bordeaux style blend called Stones Throw were grown on our estate vineyard River Rock Vineyards, which surrounds our winery in Oliver BC, and as the name suggests all varietal contained in the blend are within a Stone’s Throw of each other…if you have a good arm…. The vines were in their 13th leaf when the fruit was harvested. The vineyards are all on south facing slopes where soils are composed of rock, sand, and gravel laid down during the last glacial recession.
Each varietal contained in the blend was handpicked, and destemmed. Approximately 80% of the fruit was left whole, uncrushed. The grapes were cold soaked between 3-5 days and then fermented in both stainless steel tanks (2200 and 2850 litre) and small fermentation totes to maximize skin to juice contact. The wine was transferred, following pressing, to tanks to settle then transferred to barrels where malolactic fermentation was completed. Wine was aged in French oak barrels (33% new) for approximately 14 months. Following aging, blending trials were done, final filtering, and bottling resulting in the 2015 Stone’s Throw blend.
This bold Bordeaux style blend is true the rocky soils of River Stone with a rich earthy minerality and is presently showing ripe black berry fruit including, black current, black cherry, plum, with hints of vanilla, tobacco, mocha, wild sage, and French oak. It has balanced acidity and moderate silky tannins that will soften in time.. This wine is drinking nicely now and will continue to age nicely 7-10 years.
505 cases produced
A blend led by merlot (69 per cent), with cabernet sauvignon (21), malbec (5), and petit verdot (5), of a very high toned and lifted nose. Dark and oil-well burbling fruit, gurgling with resin and cedar, pine and tar. Meaty, intense, big bodied and serious of so much means and meaning so much. It’s a wow wine. Drink 2019-2025. Tasted blind at NWAC18, June 2018. ~ Micheal Godel 91 points
(Dec 28, 2017 at 1:40 PM)
Delicious bordeaux style
(May 2, 2018 at 9:47 AM)
A lovely blend, full fruit bouquet.
(May 5, 2018 at 8:30 AM)
Anyone can buy a nice bottle of wine for $50, the battle is to find a gem under $30. THIS IS IT. You will not be disappointed.
(Jul 5, 2018 at 9:01 AM)
I found this a very nice smooth red wine. Will definitely order this again.
(Aug 16, 2018 at 7:23 PM)
So amazing well worth every penny.
(Sep 3, 2018 at 5:50 PM)
Great wine to share with family and friends