Ruru Central Otago 2016 Rosé and 2015 Pinot Noir

‘Ruru’ is the brand name of Immigrant’s Vineyard on Airport Road, Alexandra in Central Otago. Operated by Lucienne and Roland van der Wal who purchased the 20 ha vineyard in 2012, the ‘Ruru’ name for Maori owl was chosen as the birds are seen around their vineyard, and importantly, it is short and catchy as well as being easy to remember! The van der Wals are serious about the quality of their wines and engaged Antony Worch of Alexandra Vintners to make their wines from the 2015 vintage. A small amount of Gewurztraminer is made from 0.5 ha; there are 4 ha of Pinot Gris and there are 15.5 ha of Pinot Noir. Here, I review the 2016 Rosé and 2015 Pinot Noir.


  • Ruru Central Otago Rosé 2016
  • Ruru Central Otago Pinot Noir 2015

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