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Stonyridge Vineyard, 'Larose', Waiheke Island - 2019

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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.

Some fine spices, cedar and pencil shavings are also derived from the oak.  A big mouth filling wine, matured in 70% new French oak, engulfed by the huge ripe fruit.  Richly flavoured and beautifully complex, with immaculate tannin and amazing structure. This wine is greatly concentrated with a finish that lasts and lasts. 

"For its arresting power, complexity and richness, and sheer vintage-to-vintage brilliance, Stonyridge Larose must be ranked as New Zealand's greatest claret-style red."

Michael Cooper