Grape Varieties: A select blend of Cabernet Sauvignon, Malbec, Merlot, Petit Verdot & Cabernet-Franc
Growing Region: Waiheke Island, New Zealand
Owner / Chief Winemaker: Stephen White

This 2005 Larose is now starting to integrate and develop in bottle - though far from showing its true personality and voice, due to its rich and intense complexity that Stephen and his winemaking team have blended. I find it helpful for many - to open this special wine at this stage in its development and talk through the wine characters - so you are well prepared for what is too come.

 

Stonyridge Vineyard is a world-renowned Cabernet-blend winegrower, located on the beautiful island of Waiheke, near Auckland. They are dedicated to producing the finest Cabernet blends in the world (Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Cabernet Franc, Malbec, and Petit Verdot), combining traditional winemaking with meticulous organic viticulture.
In the glass this wine has an excellent depth of colour, with a deep crimson edge. The bouquet has oodles of berry fruit and cassis, with touches of mint, earth and violets. Nicely floral with harmoniously integrated cedar-cigar box and vanilla-mocha notes.
On the palate a densely structured wine starts to unravel with powerful fruit inside a framework of fine tannin. This wine has layers upon layer of well integrated flavours of fruit and oak, great purity and mineral earthiness. In its youth the wine was very taut and reserved, now with 3 years now in bottle - this wine is showing that this was indeed clearly a classic vintage with huge potential and enjoyment to be had. This wine will delight all those that open it in the next few years, but will over whelm those with a little more patience and be another outstanding wine from Stephen. Decant for 30-45 minutes and serve at 18°C.

5 Stars - Michael Cooper, Wine Guide 2007.

CELLARING POTENTIAL:
Approachable now with 30-45 minutes of decanting, but with a constitution to mature in the cellar for another 7-9 years.

SUGGESTED FOOD MATCHES:
Perfect wine pairing with good quality fresh game, prime cuts of red meat and plenty of time to enjoy.