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Ruru Central Otago 2017 Rosé and ‘Reserve’ Pinot Gris

27 October,2017
Taking ownership of an established vineyard on Airport Road in Alexandra, Central Otago in 2012, Lucienne and Roland van der Wal established their own brand with the wines, firstly under the ‘Plovers Nest’, then changing to ‘Ruru’ named after the owl (in Maori) which often visits their site. Their 20 ha is planted to 15.5 ha of Pinot Noir, 4.0 ha of Pinot Gris and 0.5 ha of Gewurztraminer. While they tend to the viticulture, they have their wines made by Antony Worch at the Alexandra Vintners facility. Here’ I review the 2017 Rosé and the ‘Reserve’ Pinot Gris. www.immigrantsvineyard.co.nz

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Ruru Central Otago Rosé 2017

Rose from New Zealand – Otago

18-/20
Bright, very pale salmon-pink colour with a little depth, lighter on the edge. The nose is fresh with a good core of finely expressed aromas of strawberries and cream with fresh red florals and subtle notes of confectionary. The aromatics show good depth and intensity. Dryish to taste and medium-bodied, the palate has bright and lively aromatic, lifted fruit flavours of strawberries and cream with red florals and a little confectionary. The palate has a light, but concentrated line with fine textures and crisp, lacy acidity. The palate has fruit sweetness, with the acidity quite mouthwatering, and the wine carries to a lingering aromatic finish. This is a finely concentrated, crisp and refreshing dry rosé with strawberries and cream, with lifted red florals and hints of confectionary. Serve with canapes, antipasto and tapas over the next 2 years. 100% Pinot Noir fruit given 24 hours skin contact and cool-fermented in tank to 12.9% alc. and 5 g/L RS. 18.0-/20 Oct 2017 RRP $22.00

Ruru ‘Reserve’ Central Otago Pinot Gris 2017

Pinot Gris from New Zealand – Otago

17.5/20
Bright, light straw-yellow colour with slight green hues, pale on the rim. This has a softly fresh nose with restrained aromas of exotic yellow stonefruits and yellow florals, with hints of honeysuckle and a suggestion of spice. Off-dry to taste and medium-bodied, the palate is fresh and bright with fragrant exotic stonefruit and floral flavours with hints of honeysuckle. The mouthfeel is lively with crisp, lacy acidity and soft, fine textures with some underlying drive. The wine carries to a lingering, aromatic finish. This is a refreshing, lively, off-dry Pinot Gris with stylish flavours of exotic stonefruits and florals on an elegant, soft-textured palate. Match with Asian cuisine over the next 3+ years. Pinot Gris fruit fermented in stainless-steel, with 10% in French oak barrels to 12.9% alc. and 8.8 g/L RS. 17.5/20 Oct 2017 RRP $24.00
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