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Ruru Pinot Gris 2016 Central Otago 87 / 4*
Generously fruited and fragrant, the bouquet shows red apple, poached pear and citrus characters with a hint of spice complexity. It is juicy and rounded on the palate, and delivers attractive fruit intensity and a touch of sweetness, leading to a lingering fruity finish. At its best: now to 2018. $19.00. www.immigrantsvineyard.co.nz. Sept 2016.

Ruru Rose 2016 Central Otago 86 / 4*
Made from pinot noir, it is attractively lifted on the nose showing lemon zest, stone fruit, strawberry and floral aromas. The palate is vibrant and lively, and offers delicate fruit intensity backed by racy acidity providing a lengthy mouth-watering finish. At its best: now to 2018. $20.00. www.immigrantsvineyard.co.nz. Sept 2016.

Ruru Pinot Noir 2015 Central Otago 83 / 3.5*
Savoury and spicy, the bouquet shows dark cherry, tar, smoked meat and nutmeg characters. The palate offers appealing fruit flavours and silky texture, nicely structured by fine, polished tannins. At its best: now to 2018. $24.00. www.immigrantsvineyard.co.nz. Sept 2016.

Ratings
5 Stars 100 pts
5 96 - 100 Exceptional quality exhibiting highest level of concentration and complexity.
5 93 – 95 Outstanding quality showing varietal purity and exemplifying regional type.
4.5 89 - 92 Excellent quality showing high level of concentration and balance.
4 85 - 88 Very good quality displaying attractive flavours and good balance.
3.5 81 - 84 Good quality, easy drinking with straightforward flavours.

  

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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 2013, 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****
Pale pink colour with slight purple hues, lighter on the rim. This has a fresh, tightly bound nose with delicate aromas of strawberries and raspberries, with watermelon and subtle notes of fruit pastille confectionary, unfolding lifted red floral elements and thirst-quenching mineral hints. Dry to taste and medium-bodied, the palate is finely concentrated and tightly bound, revealing light flavours of strawberries, raspberries, cranberries and subtle notes of confectionary, along with red floral nuances. The mouthfeel is refreshingly crisp with a fine phenolic thread and bright, background mouthwatering acidity. The flavours lead with god tension and energy to a light, dry finish of strawberries and florals. This is an elegant, mouthwatering dry rosé with strawberry, floral and subtle confectionary notes and a dry, floral finish. Serve as an aperitif, or with canapes over the next 2 years. 100% Pinot Noir fruit, clones 5, 667 and 777, hand-picked, given 36 hours skin contact and cool-fermented in tank to 13.0% alc. and 6.4 g/L RS. 17.5/20 Sep 2016

Ruru Central Otago Pinot Noir 2015***
Even ruby-red colour with slight purple hues, paler on the rim.The nose is youthfully firm and penetrating with aromas of black cherries, dark-red berry fruits, dark herbs and a layer of minerally reduction. The nose unfolds dark raspberry and earthy elements with aeration. Medium-bodied, the palate is elegant in concentration and finely presented with bright, lively fruit flavours of dark raspberries and thyme herbs, minerals and reduction. The mouthfeel is fresh and vibrant with fine-grained tannin extraction and refreshing acidity lending balance and vitality. The palate has linearity and carries to a long, lingering, sweet, raspberry fruited and herb nuanced finish with reduction notes. This is a fresh, bright, lively and elegant Pinot Noir with raspberry and herb flavours, fine structure and a layer of reduction. Serve with barbecued and grilled duck and pork dishes over the next 4+ years. Clones 5, 6, 667, 777 and 115, fermented to 13.0% alc., the wine aged 10 months in 20% new oak. 16.0+/20 Sep 2016

 

Summary of awards up to 2015 Vintage

Ruru Pinot Noir 2014
Bob Campbell 4 stars and January Top Drop/ Raymond Chan 4 stars/ Wine Orbit 4.5 stars/WineNZ magazine Top Value Pinoit Noir / Winestate 4stars
Ruru Rosé 2015
Raymond Chan 4 stars / Wine Orbit 4stars / Winestate 4stars / Bob Campbell 3.5stars
Ruru Gewürztraminer 2015
3 stars from Bob Campbell, Raymond Chan and Winestate / Top Value Gewürztraminer Winestate / Bragato 2016 Pure Bronze
Ruru Pinot Gris 2014
Bob Campbell 4stars
Ruru Summer 2014
Sam Kim 4stars

 

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 Ruru Central Otago Rosé 2015 **** [4 stars]
This pale pink, delicious summer wine was made from pinot noir, grown at Alexandra. Very fresh and vibrant, it has strawberry, peach and slight apricot flavours, a sliver of sweetness and appetising acidity. Full of charm. $22

 Ruru Central Otago Gewurztraminer 2015 *** [3 stars]
This full-bodied and fresh, slightly sweet wine was grown at Alexandra. Lightly scented, it has attractive, lemony, appley, gently spicy flavours, with earthy notes adding a touch of complexity. $19

 

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Ruru

Summer 2014

Central Otago

86

4

A beautifully fragrant wine made from gewurztraminer and pinot gris from their estate vineyard in the Alexandra district, the bouquet shows tropical fruit, ginger spice, muscat and potpourri characters, which lead to a succulent palate that is fruity and smooth with a touch of sweetness. Generous and appealing. At its best: now to 2017. $13.00. www.immigrantsvineyard.co.nz. Dec 2015.

Ruru

Rose 2015

Central Otago

88

4

A delightful rose made from pinot noir, it is beautifully lifted on the nose displaying stone fruit, mandarin, floral and fresh strawberry characters. The palate is equally appealing with lovely juicy mouthfeel, nicely supported by bright acidity. It is smooth and lingering, and offers lovely drinking. At its best: now to 2017. $20.00. www.immigrantsvineyard.co.nz. Dec 2015.

Ruru

Pinot Noir 2014

Central Otago

90

4.5

It is beautifully ripe and fragrant on the nose displaying dark cherry, cranberry, game and mixed spice notes with hints of vanilla and floral characters. The palate shows wonderful fruit richness and velvety texture, nicely supported by plenty of supple tannins. The wine is generous and attractive, and finishes long and smooth. At its best: now to 2019. $24.00. www.immigrantsvineyard.co.nz. Dec 2015.

 

 

 

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Winery Name Wine Name Region 100 pts 5 Stars

Ruru Gewurztraminer 2015 Central Otago -  87 4stars
From the Alexandra district, the youthful and elegant bouquet shows stone fruit, jasmine, orange zest and subtle spice notes. The palate offers juicy fruit flavours and vibrant mouthfeel, backed by bright acidity. The wine is refreshing and lively, and finishes long and appealing. At its best: now to 2019. $17.00. www.immigrantsvineyard.co.nz. March 2016.

Ratings
5 Stars 100 pts
5 96 - 100 Exceptional quality exhibiting highest level of concentration and complexity.
5 93 – 95 Outstanding quality showing varietal purity and exemplifying regional type.
4.5 89 - 92 Excellent quality showing high level of concentration and balance.
4 85 - 88 Very good quality displaying attractive flavours and good balance.
3.5 81 - 84 Good quality, easy drinking with straightforward flavours.

 

 

 

Raymond Chan Wine Reviews

28 September,2015
http://www.raymondchanwinereviews.co.nz/features/ruru-2015-central-otago-rose-and-gewurztraminer

Ruru 2015 Central Otago Rosé and Gewurztraminer
After their first vintage of their own label in 2014, Lucienne and Roland van der Walof 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. 

Ruru Central Otago Rosé 2015 iconStarGoldiconStarGoldiconStarGoldiconStarGold
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 2015RRP $19.99

Ruru Central Otago Gewurztraminer 2015 iconStarGoldiconStarGoldiconStarGold
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