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Ruru 2015 Central Otago Rosé and Gewurztraminer

28 September,2015
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

Rose from New Zealand – Otago

Bright, pale candy-floss pink, a little lighter on the rim. The nose is elegantly presented with well-proportioned aromas of strawberry fruit lifted by soft red floral notes, the fruit revealing subtle herbal and fruit pastille confectionary nuances and a suggestion of minerals with aeration. Dry to taste and medium-bodied, the mouthfeel is bright and lively with piquant and thirst-quenching flavours of strawberries and fruit pastilles along with red floral elements. The fruit is tightly bound and is driven by slippery, mouthwatering acidity enhancing the fine and dry textures and adding to the linearity. The wine flows with good energy, carrying to a long, dry finish with strawberry and confectionary nuances. This is a tight and concentrated dry rosé with strawberry fruit and slippery, thirst-quenching acidity. Serve as an aperitif, with canapes and with antipasto over the next 2 years. 100% Pinot Noir cool-fermented in stainless-steel to 13.0% alc. and 4.4 g/L RS. 105 cases made. 17.5+/20 Sep 2015 RRP $19.99

Ruru Central Otago Gewurztraminer 2015

Gewurztraminer from New Zealand – Otago

Bright, very pale straw-yellow colour with slight green hues. This has a tightly concentrated and firm nose with aromas of rose petal florals entwined with flinty and minerally lees elements, unfolding notes of root ginger, earth and musk. This has good depth and intensity. Off-dry to taste and medium-bodied, the palate features a firmly bound core of rose petal florals, Turkish Delight, root ginger and minerally lees and reductive complexities. The wine is elegant in proportion with soft acidity and a smooth textured line. Some phenolics emerge, lending grip as the wine carries to a dry finish with subtle bitter stonefruit kernel and ginger nuances. This is a tightly concentrated, smooth-flowing, off-dry Gewurztraminer with rose petal florals and flinty mineral notes. Serve with Middle Eastern fare and semi-hard cheeses over the next 3+ years. Gewurztraminer fruit fermented in stainless-steel to 13.2% alc. and 7.0 g/L RS. 70 cases made. 16.5+/20 Sep 2015 RRP $16.99
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