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Ruru 2018 Central Otago Rosé and Pinot Gris

20 August,2018

Ruru is the Alexandra Central Otago wine brand of Lucienne and Roland van der Wal who took ownership of an established vineyard on Airport Road in 2012. Their 23 ha property has 16.0 ha of vines which is planted to 10.5 ha of Pinot Noir, 4.0 ha of Pinot Gris, 1.125 ha of Gewurztraminer and 0.375 ha of Chardonnay planted in the winter of 2014 . Lucienne and Roland tend to the viticulture and have their wines primarily made by Antony Worch at Alexandra Vintners. The van der Wals have enjoyed wine show success, rewarding their hard work in the vineyard and the sensitive winemaking. 2018 has seen some interesting developments including the making of a Late Harvest Gewurztraminer, and their first Chardonnay. Here, I review the new 2018 Rosé and Pinot Gris.


Ruru Central Otago Rosé 2018

Rose from New Zealand – Otago


Pale candyfloss pink with slight peach hues and some depth, lighter on the edge. The nose is softly fresh with gentle aromas of strawberry fruit along with fragrant red florals, and a suggestion of savoury, mouthwatering minerals. The aromatics possess a taut and elegantly concentrated core. Dry to taste and medium-bodied, the palate is lively and mouth-wateringly fresh with subtle flavours of strawberries, pomegranate and red florals. The flavours build to form a fine, tight heart, and the wine flows along a light-textured line with brisk acidity, leading to a thirst-quenching finish with floral nuances. This is a lively and refreshing dry rosé with strawberry and floral notes , a fine-textured line and fresh acidity. Serve as an aperitif, with antipasto and dim sum over the next 2 years. Hand-picked Pinot Noir fruit, given a cold soak and fermented in stainless-steel to 13.3% alc. and 4 g/L RS. 18.0-/20 Aug 2018 RRP $21.00

Disclaimer: This wine is distributed by ‘Wine2Trade’, the company under which ‘Raymond Chan Wine Reviews’ operates

Ruru Central Otago Pinot Gris 2018

Pinot Gris from New Zealand – Otago


Bright straw-yellow colour with lemon and green-gold hues, lighter on the rim. The nose is elegantly presented with good depth and intensity of white and yellow stonefruits in a harmonious amalgam of fragrant florals and subtle nutty notes, a little oak spice and minerally elements. The aromatics unfold in volume and detail with aeration. Dryish to taste and medium-full bodied, the palate has a finely concentrated core with good intensity of flavours of white and yellow stonefruits melded with delicate notes of spicy and nutty oak adding detail and interest. Some exotic florals emerge as the wine carries along a light-textured line with crisp acidity, leading to a moderately sustained finish. This is a subtle, oak-influenced dry Pinot Gris with stonefruit flavours along with spice and nutty detail on a fine-textured palate. Match with poultry and pork dishes over the next 3 years. Hand-picked fruit, fermented in tank with 25% in new French oak to 13.5% alc. and 5.8 g/L RS. 18.0/20 Aug 2018 RRP $23.00

Disclaimer: This wine is distributed by ‘Wine2Trade’, the company under which ‘Raymond Chan Wine Reviews’ operates

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