Location & Soil
Waiheke Island, In The Hauraki Gulf Off Auckland, is famous for producing great red wines because of its low summer rainfall and consistently high temperatures.
We Are Located At The Same Relative Latitude As The Southern Tip Of Sicily. Stonyridge Is Located In A Gently North-Facing Valley, 1 km From Both Onetangi Beach to the North And Putiki Bay to the South. It is Sheltered From The Cold Southwesterly Winds By Stoney Ridge, A long Ridge Running From One Coast To the other, A Nearby Rock Quarry Give an Indication Of the Soil Type. The Soil is a poor Low-Fertility Waitemata Clay Saturated With Nodules Of Magnesium, Manganese, And Iron Oxides. Magnesium is the Central Molecule of chlorophyll, essential for photosynthesis, much loved by grape vines and so often deficient in NZ Soils.
It has been 35 years since Stephen walked on to this property. There was nothing here, just golden sun burnt grass, wild horses and old broken fences. Steve fell in love with this property instantly and had no doubt what his destiny was, to make one of the greatest red wines in the world.
The North facing site, which Stonyridge proudly occupies, affords our vines all day sun enabling us to ripen these Cabernet varieties to perfection. Our site is sheltered from the cooler Southwest winds and in summer we can experience over 80 days of temperatures in the 30 degree (celcius) mark during the ripening period. As stewards of this profound site our intent is to most purely and faithfully express the timeless character of the land in our wines.