Stonyridge Larose

Stonyridge Larose

Stonyridge Vineyard was conceived and operated with the sole intention of making world-class Bordeaux-style red wine. This classic Cabernet-dominant blend is named Larose as a tribute to the rose, the most aromatic, colourful, intense, and beautiful of all flowers.

The vineyard site was chosen specifically to produce this style of wine. The gentle north-facing slopes of the vineyard are sheltered from the cold southwesterly winds by the ridge which gives the vineyard its name. Summer temperatures regularly reach over 30°C with the highest temperature being 36°C. Combined with north-facing rows and excellent viticulture, the grapes achieve perfect ripeness in normal years.

2007 started with a cool spring, followed by a La Nina summer. Fruit set was down on average, and the summer was wetter than average through January and February. The crucial ripening period of March and April was dry and slightly above the usual temperatures for autumn. The fruit came in with good numbers and great concentration.

Encépagement: Cabernet Sauvignon 55%, Malbec 21%, Merlot 11%, Petit Verdot 11%, Cabernet Franc 2%

Tasting notes on release: The wine looks dark and dense, with quite a generous nose for this stage, exhibiting ripe berry fruit, cassis and cedar oak with hints of sweet mint, chocolate and earthy notes. There is a brooding complexity lurking beneath the bright primary fruit.
The aromas lead faithfully on to the palate which is flooded with rich fruit. The customary ripe tannins are well balanced by fine acidity and the judicious use of oak adds to the structure of the wine.
Tasting notes 12th February 2011: The nose reminds me of Xmas pudding packed with berries, raisins and supported by violets and a subtle hint of lavender. The palate is gamey, rich and complex and layered only showing you tiny glimpses of the full picture of a full flavoured mouth filling wine. Even after decanting the wine for more than 2 ½ hours - this wine is packed with detail that can’t be completely appreciated this young in its life, though please be clear the wine is no less enjoyable - though it is clear there is still so much to learn and explore.
Recommended drinking after a tasting at 1st August 2013: Cellar for another 3-5 years, will hold for another 10+.
  • New Zealand
  • New Zealand - Auckland
  • Red Wine
  • Merlot & Cabernet

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