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Stony Brook Vineyards "The J" '22
The origins of Stony Brook Vineyards date to the late 1980s, when Nigel and Joy McNaught purchased land that would allow them to focus on making wines that reflected the area and the styles of wine that excited them. Several years later, they sold their first farm and sought a smaller property better suited to helping them create the wines they intended. In 1995 they purchased an old fruit farm, and this property is now known as Stony Brook, in Franschhoek (Afrikaans for “French Quarter”), between the Stellenbosch and Paarl regions of South Africa’s Western Cape.
The McNaught family replanted the entire farm to vines and built a small cellar to produce the first wines under the Stony Brook label. In 2011, they were joined by their son, Craig McNaught, who took over as winemaker. “The J” is named in memory of Nigel McNaught’s aunt, Jackie, known fondly as J. She had a farm in the Paarl area and the many happy times that were spent there inspired the McNaughts to farm.
The blend for the 2022 “The J” consists of 56% Chardonnay, 38% Viognier, and 6% Semillon. All the grapes were estate grown. The Chardonnay and Semillon were barrel fermented, adding richness and depth, while the Viognier was fermented and matured in stainless steel, preserving the grape’s natural, wild aromatics.
This is a wonderfully versatile wine, with bright, concentrated aromas of lime and stone fruit, and density and concentration on the palate, so you can pair it with almost anything.
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