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.
Typical yields at Stonyridge are as low as 20 hectoliters/hectare (2 tonnes/acre). The grapes are hand-picked and immediately taken to the winery, where they are crushed, de-stemmed, and pumped into stainless-steel fermentation tanks. A warm fermentation is followed by a two-week maceration before being basket-pressed.Malolactic fermentation is completed in barrel in the warmed chai (barrel cellar). The wine is 100% oak-aged in French and American barriques for over a year, racked regularly, rarely fined, and never filtered.
Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Cabernet Franc, Malbec, Petit Verdot
Our flagship wine, Larose is one of the top Bordeaux-style reds in the world – an immensely complex wine of great ripeness.
“One of the Top 100 Wines in the World” - Arcigola Slow Food, Italy (the world’s largest wine publication)
“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, Wine Atlas of New Zealand 2003
The February 2003 issue of UK Wine Magazine ran a major article on the “cult wines of the world”. Not only was Stonyridge listed with Dry River as the only two first-division cult wines of New Zealand, but Stonyridge Larose had the great honour of being one of four bottles featured on the cover, along with Harlan of Napa, Penfolds Grange Hermitage, and Vinã Almaviva of Chile.
Bob Campbell M.W. defines a cult wine as “a wine that commands a high price, is in high demand (i.e. short supply), has the ability to age well, and gains value with bottle age."