Grape Varieties: 44% Cabernet Sauvignon, 21% Malbec, 15% Merlot, 15% Petit Verdot & 5% Cabernet-Franc
Growing Region: Waiheke Island, New Zealand
Owner / Chief Winemaker: Stephen White

This 2007 Stonyridge Larose is only now just starting to relax and settle back into the bottle - so even though it is far from its true potential due to the layers of complexity one associates with wines that Stephen and his team craft.
I thought it was a good time to talk you through the characters that make up this unique wine expression - so you know what to look forward too.

 

The 2007 Larose is dark and dense, you would think your knife and fork could stand up in the glass, it looks that intense. After allowing the wine to breathing in your glass - the nose is generous exhibiting ripe berry fruit, cassis and French oak with hints of sweet mint and sumptuous dark chocolate notes. There is a brooding complexity lingering beneath the bright primary fruit, supplementing the bouquet with spicy earthy notes. Sounds like a small village could hide in this glass and survive for a year on the bounty of flavours.
Then with a deft touch the aroma leads faithfully on to the palate which is flooded with rich black fruits, liquorice and well integrated oak. The customary ripe tannins are well balanced by fine acidity and the astute use of oak enhances the overall structure of the wine.
The 2007 vintage is a traditional model of Larose, typical in its balance between power and elegance. Still learning though how powerful and imposing a wine it will one day become, as it learns to use all of its character and personality to bring a meal, occasion and an evening to life. Not a wine to be rushed. Decant for 45 minutes and serve at 18°C.

A 5 Star wine that will not disappoint.

CELLARING POTENTIAL:
Drinking - if you really wish to open this summer, please Decant for at least 45 minutes and then serve in the correct Riedel Stemware; or cellar for 12-15 years.

SUGGESTED FOOD MATCHES:
Perfect wine match when ready, with game meats, rich cured dishes, wine reduction sauces and matched with fresh herbs, vegetables and time to enjoy.