Stonyridge Larose 2010 750ml
Stonyridge Winery Notes: "2010 will go down in history as the greatest vintage ever on Waiheke Island. A gentle spring with ample rain and little wind produced a full, healthy canopy with good fruit set. Then came January, February, March and April; non-stop, sun drenched, dry gentle south-westerlies. Only 12mL of rain fell during these four months, the lowest ever recorded. With extensive green harvest, the big crop still garnered huge concentration. The hardest thing we did this year was trying to find wine to declassify to Airfield and Faithful.
Encépagement: Cabernet Sauvignon 50%, Petit Verdot 21%, Malbec 17%, Merlot 8%, Cabernet Franc 3%, Carmenere 1%
1535 cases produced
Tasting Notes on release: The 2010 Larose is purple red with a density and brightness that goes all the way to the rim of the glass. Initially the bouquet reveals lifted florals of crushed violets and lavender, followed by the primary fruit characters of dark forest berries, black plums and cassis. The secondary spice characters, clove and thyme are layered with leather and a hint of freshly roasted dark coffee. The tannins are firm and well structured. There is massive fruit weight, which balances the natural acidity perfectly. The persistence on the palate is massive this wine goes forever.
Tasting notes August 2013: The 2010 Larose has a beautiful density that is fused with elegance. The nose is packed with dark berries, bracken, leaves, plums and licorice, and cedary oak adds sweet spicy allure- this is looking super-fresh and composed. The palate has the sort of tannin texture that all Cabernet winemakers dream of: sturdy, chalkyfine tannins that draw sweet, ripe dark berry flavour long and deep, composed and full of elegantly stated authority. A real triumph!
Recommended drinking after the tasting on 1st August 2013: Do not open! Savour for years! Still far too tannic to appreciate, this wine has a huge life ahead of it. Open your first in 2020… and enjoy!"