Stonyridge Larose


Typically a stunning Waiheke Island wine. Dark and seductively perfumed, with smashing fruit flavours, at its best it is a magnificently concentrated red that matures superbly for a decade or longer, acquiring great complexity. The vines – Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Cabernet Franc, Malbec and Petit Verdot – are grown in free-draining clay soils on a north-facing slope, a kilometre from the sea at Onetangi, and are very low-yielding (4 tonnes/hectare). The wine is matured for a year in French (80 to 90 per cent) and American oak barriques (half new, half one year old), and is sold largely on an ‘en primeur’ basis, whereby the customers, in return for paying for their wine about nine months in advance of its delivery, secure a substantial price reduction. The most recent vintage I have tasted is the 2015 (5*). A classic claret-style red, it is dense but not tough, with power through the palate and obvious potential. Dark, sturdy, rich and supple, it has very ripe blackcurrant, plum and spice flavours, showing lovely freshness, harmony and length. It should mature gracefully for decades.


Price: $280.00 NZD
Value for Money: –V
Rating: 5 Stars
Sweetness: DRY
Type: Red Wines
Variety: Branded and Other Red Wines

This is a Super Classic

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