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 medium ruby red colour.
Aromatics: The wine has a combination of red and black fruit notes (plum, redcurrant and blackcurrant).
Palate: .This year our Ruhanui has lush red and black fruit flavours including plum, blackberry and blackcurrant. The tannins are soft and smooth and the wine has a long toasty finish with hints of sweet spice. Suitable for vegans.
Region: Gimblett Gravels Wine Growing District®, Hawke’s Bay.
Vineyard: Roy’s Hill.
Variety: 50% Merlot, 50% Cabernet Sauvignon.
Harvest: Hand harvested on 26th March (Merlot) and 6th April (Cab Sauv) 2020.
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 over 18 months.
Bottled: 26th February 2022.
Analysis: Alc 13% vol.
Cellaring Potential: 7-10 years.
Offering great value, the elegant 2020 vintage (5*) is a 50/50 blend of Merlot and Cabernet Sauvignon, estate-grown in the Roys Hill Vineyard and matured for 18 months in seasoned French oak barrels. Deeply coloured, it is mouthfilling, fresh and vibrantly fruity, with concentrated, ripe blackcurrant, plum and spice flavours, oak complexity, supple tannins and a lingering finish. Still youthful, it's well worth cellaring to 2024+. Certified organic.
93 points. An equal blend of merlot and cabernet sauvignon, with the latter variety playing the more dominant role in flavour profile and texture. Ripe cassis, black berry, cedar, mixed spices, restrained by peppery tannins. A stylish red that can be enjoyed now or cellared with confidence. 17/3/2022