Ruru 2015 Central Otago Rosé and Gewurztraminer

After their first vintage of their own label in 2014, Lucienne and Roland van der Wal of the Immigrant’s Vineyard have decided to change the brand name from ‘Plovers Nest’ to ‘Ruru’ (a Maori owl) to ensure a greater market perception and reception. With the change comes a redesigned livery that is colourful and stylised. In 2012, the van der Wals purchased their 20 ha vineyard that was established with 14 ha of Pinot Noir, 4 ha of Pinot Gris and 2 ha of Gewurztraminer over 2001-2004 on Airport Road between Clyde and Alexandra, to give themselves an outdoors lifestyle following many years in hospitality and supermarket businesses. As contract growers for Toi Toi, their own wine beckoned, and they had Dave Grant of Shaky Bridge make 100 cases each of Pinot Gris and Gewurztraminer, along with 4,000 L of Pinot Noir. In fine-tuning, the van der Wals have reduced the amount of Gewurztraminer from 2.0 ha to 0.5 ha, replacing it with a further 1.5 ha of clone 667 and 777 Pinot Noir. They have also engaged Antony Worch of Alexandra Vintners as of the 2015 vintage to make their wines. Here, I review the new 2015 Rosé and Gewurztraminer. www.immigrantsvineyard.co.nz


  • Ruru Central Otago Rosé 2015
  • Ruru Central Otago Gewurztraminer 2015

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