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Stonyridge Vineyard, 'Larose', Waiheke Island - 2018

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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.

“Such freshness and complexity here, offering violet flowers, purple cherries, mulberries, blackcurrants and cedary, spicy oak with hints of terra cotta and freshly turned earth. The palate has a rich and sleek feel with juicy, succulent, fleshy and appealingly vibrant, dark-berry flavors at the core. Tannins cast long into the finish, unwaveringly long. A blend of cabernet sauvignon, petit verdot, malbec, cabernet franc and merlot. Try from 2024.” 

97 Points James Suckling