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Ruru Central Otago Gewurztraminer 2017

13 February,2018

Ruru is the Central Otago brand of Roland and Lucienne van der Wal who own the 20 ha ‘Immigrant’s’ vineyard on Airport Road in Alexandra. The vineyard is planted to 15.5 ha of Pinot Noir, 4 ha of Pinot Gris and 0.5 ha of Gewurztraminer. Lucienne admits that despite the quality of the Gewurztraminer wines, it is a difficult one to work with in the marketplace. Part of it is due to the inconsistent performance in the vineyard, but also the modest consumer demand. Most producers cite the pronunciation of the name as a significant factor, which the van der Wals acknowledge. However, they believe is persisting with Gewurztraminer for its difference it adds to the Ruru range, as well as its quality. Some of the Gewurztraminer fruit is contracted out. The van der Wals have Antony Worch of Alexandra Vintners as their primary winemaker, but for the Gewurztraminer they have Peter Bartle of VinPro as their maker. Here, I review the new 2017 Ruru Gewurztraminer. www.immigrantsvineyard.co.nz

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Ruru Central Otago Gewurztraminer 2017

Gewurztraminer from New Zealand – Otago

18.5/20

Bright pale straw-yellow colour, very pale edged. The nose is very fresh and youthfully taut with a finely concentrated core of white florals and exotic rose-petal notes along with lychees, subtle spices, Turkish Delight and a suggestion of honey and musk. The fruit is expressed with clarity and has intensity. Medium-dry to taste, the palate has tightly bound and penetrating flavours of exotic florals, with hints of white pepper and spices, Turkish Delight and honey. The fruit forms a concentrated heart with soft, rounded textures and balanced acidity. The wine has a fresh firmness but flows smoothly with good linearity, leading to a sustained finish. This is a taut and penetrating medium-dry Gewurztraminer with good depth and intensity of exotic florals, spices and musk and a smooth mouthfeel. Serve with Thai, Vietnamese and Japanese cuisine over the next 3+ years. Hand-picked fruit from the ‘Immigrant’s Vineyard’, a portion given a few hours skin contact, the remainder WBP, and all fermented in stainless-steel to 13.3% alc. and 7.2 g/L RS. 18.5/20 Feb 2018 RRP $26.50

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