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Gavin Hubble - (BSc & Post Grad. Business Marketing) - I started working in the wine industry over 23 years ago in New Zealand. Working in; wine retail, sales, wine production, label & packaging design, marketing, wine buying, consulting and wine education. I am responsible for the Brand Health of 60+ wine brands distributed here in New Zealand. Wine Brands from New Zealand, Australia, France, Italy, Spain, Portugal, Chile and Argentina. I work closely with the Trade Industry - (Retail Stores & Restaurants) introducing, educating and positioning exciting and unique brands to wine enthusiasts all over the world.

Sunday, June 9, 2013

Stonyridge ‘Larose’ 2010

Grape Varieties: 50% Cabernet Sauvignon, 21% Petit Verdot, 17% Malbec, 8% Merlot, 3% Cabernet Franc and 1% Carmenère
Growing Region: Waiheke Island, New Zealand
Owner / Chief Winemaker: Stephen White
Since the first vines were planted at Stonyridge Vineyard back in 1982 - every decision made has been with the sole intention of crafting a world-class wine from the famous Bordeaux red grapes. This classic Cabernet-dominant blend is named ‘Larose’ as a tribute to the rose, which can be found at the end of several rows near the winery.
The vineyard aspect has a gentle north-facing slope, with the vines being sheltered from cold southwesterly winds by the ridge which gives the vineyard its name. Combined with these ideal conditions and excellent ‘organic’ viticulture, the grapes have achieved perfect ripeness.
Yields at Stonyridge can be as low as 2 tonnes per acre, with the grapes being hand-picked and immediately taken a short distance to the winery. Fermentation was followed by a 2 week maceration period before being basket-pressed, with malolactic fermentation being completed in barrel. The wine was aged 12 months in 100% French barrels, 60% new oak and the rest 1 year old, racked regularly, rarely fined and never filtered.
Larose is blend of 50% Cabernet Sauvignon, 21% Petit Verdot, 17% Malbec, 8% Merlot, 3% Cabernet Franc and 1% Carmenère. A deep garnet-purple colour fills the glass; the nose displays pronounced notes of warm black forest berries, black cherry jam, cassis, spice, cedar, mocha and cigar box.
Though full bodied, currently it is still tightly knit in the mouth; it has a solid structure and firm, fine-grained tannins supporting the intense fruit. The secondary spice characters of clove and thyme are layered with leather and a hint of freshly roasted dark coffee. The oak is integrated, balanced and supports the fruit skillfully. The persistence on the palate is impressive and goes on forever. The 'Larose' 2010 is an absolute powerhouse, which while impressive at this early stage, will only get better over the coming years. Decant carefully for 2 hours, and serve at 18°C.
Drinking well this season with decanting; though it would appreciate another 10 years.
Perfect wine match with aged sirloin, venison, ostrich with simple seasoning or a wine jus, enjoy.
One of the world’s iconic red wines.

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