This is our blended red wine. Originally, this wine was the first to be made with fruit from the Mere Road and Roy’s Hill vineyards. Before 1876, the Ngaruroro River took a bend around Roy’s Hill through what is now our Roy’s Hill Vineyard. In 1876 the Ngaruroro flooded and broke through an old channel called the Ruhanui, forming the present river. Our Mere Road vineyard is on the river terrace of the present Ngaruroro, so the name Ruhanui was seen as link between the two vineyards. From the mid 1990’s fruit for the Ruhanui has been sourced from the Roy’s Hill Vineyard. The vines were planted in 1992.
Colour: A deep ruby red colour.
Aromatics: Lovely red and black fruit (plum, rhubarb and blackcurrant) notes on the nose.
Palate: Fruit flavours and complimented by a touch of cedar, leather and a hint of earthiness.
Region: Gimblett Gravels Wine Growing District®, Hawke’s Bay.
Vineyard: Roy’s Hill.
Variety: 55% Merlot, 45% Cabernet Sauvignon.
Harvest: Hand harvested on 30th March 2016 (Merlot) and 16th April 2016 (Cabernet Sauvignon).
Vinification: Fermented in open-top stainless steel fermenters. Hand plunged two times daily. Post fermentation soak for two to three weeks followed by maturation in barrel.
Maturation: Matured in seasoned French oak barrels for 20 months.
Bottled: 22nd January 2018.
Analysis: Alc 13% vol.
Cellaring Potential: 7-10 years.
93 points/ 5 stars. This is a stylish Bordeaux blend showing attractive blackcurrant, spiced cherry, smoked game, mushroom and toasted almond characters on the nose. The palate is beautifully weighted and rounded, delivering lovely fruit weight and intensity, together with fine texture and chalky tannins. Well composed, this is complex and engaging. At its best: now to 2022. Certified organic. Dec 2018.
91 points. Very ripe fruited bouquet with aromas of dark berries, plums and blackberries. Plenty of oak at the core as well with suggestions of dark spices and smoke, some cigar box then dry stone earthy qualities. Bold, ripe, firm and youthful on the palate. A core of dark berry fruit flavours then tobacco and wood layers, firm tannins and plenty of acidity. A lovely wine with a generous palate, lengthy finish and well made. Drinking best from late 2020 through 2026.
Still very youthful, the 2016 vintage (4*) is a blend of Merlot (55 per cent) and Cabernet Sauvignon (45 per cent), estate-grown at Roy's Hill and matured for 20 months in seasoned French oak barrels. Full-coloured, it is mouthfilling, with fresh, ripe, plum and blackcurrant flavours, showing very good depth and considerable complexity, and a smooth, tightly structured finish. Best drinking 2020+.