Take a right off SH50 onto Mere Rd and soon you’ll see the small timber cottage that doubles as the cellar door. It’s a no-frills operation, but that’s fine because the wines provide all the wow you need.
Things to know
When Dr Alan Limmer established his vineyard here in 1984, these were among the earliest plantings in the Gimblett Gravels region. He’s also credited with pioneering syrah – which quickly became a Stonecroft star. The vineyard is now owned by Irishman Dermot McCollum and his wife, Andria Monin, a young couple dedicated to keeping the Stonecroft standards of excellence alive.
For something rare, try the zinfandel (there’s also a fortified example), and the gewurztraminer is luscious and spicy. However, it’s syrah that really shines; the Serine is bright and fruity while the Reserve has weight, depth and lovely persistence of flavour.
New Zealand’s oldest syrah vines are planted here, not far from the cellar door – just ask for directions from the cellar door and you can see them for yourself. Platters are available to share, and picnickers are welcome, too.