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Ruru- Wine2Trade Portfolio

01 January,2010

‘Ruru’ is the Central Otago wine brand name of Lucienne and Roland van der Wal of the Immigrant’s Vineyard. Coming from a hospitality and supermarket background, they purchased in 2012 a 20 ha vineyard established on Airport Road between Clyde and Alexandra over 2001-2004. The vineyard was planted to 14 ha of Pinot Noir, 4 ha of Pinot Gris and 2 ha of Gewurztraminer. The name ‘Ruru’ refers to owl in Maori, these birds seen on the vineyard.

Initially operating as contract growers, they established their own brand which saw its first vintage in 2014 from a portion of their fruit. This is how the van der Wals operate today. In fine-tuning their vineyard, they have reduced the Gewurztraminer to 0.5 ha, and replaced it with 1.5 ha of clone 667 and 777 Pinot Noir. The van der Wals tend to the viticulture personally and have engaged Antony Worch of Alexandra Vintners to make most of their wine. Gewurztraminer is made by Peter Bartle of VinPro in Cromwell.

To date, Rosé, Pinot Gris, Gewurztraminer and Pinot Noir comprises the range. The wines are designed to offer high quality varietal and regional expression, and good value. The wines have begun to show well on the show circuit. www.immigrantsvineyard.co.nz

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Ruru Central Otago Pinot Gris 2018

Pinot Gris from New Zealand – Otago

18/20

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

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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 $30.00

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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 $34.00

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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 $28.00

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Ruru Central Otago Rosé 2018

Rose from New Zealand – Otago

18-/20

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

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Ruru Central Otago Pinot Noir 2016

Pinot Noir from New Zealand – Otago

17+/20
Darkish ruby-red colour with some depth and light purple hues on the rim. The nose is elegantly proportioned with good intensity of bright dark-red and black cherry fruit entwined with dark herbs and notes of minerally reduction at the core. Medium-full bodied, the palate has softly full and gently rich flavours of sweetly ripe black cherry and dark-red berry fruit, along with subtle notes of dark herbs and a suggestion of minerals. The fruit is fresh and vibrant and supported by balanced, fine-grained tannin extraction and integrated fresh acidity. The flavours carry to a light, black cherry-fruited finish. This is a softly full and gently rich Pinot Noir with black cherry and dark raspberry flavours on a balanced, fine-textured palate. Match with pork, lamb and beef dishes over the next 4-5 years. Clones 667, 777, 5, 115 and 6, hand-picked, given a cold soak and fermented to 13.4% alc., the wine spending 21 days on skins and aged 10 months in 15% new French oak. 17.0+/20 Jul 2017 RRP $34.00

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