2014 Ruhanui Merlot Cabernet
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.
Liquor Style: Dry Red
Varietal: Merlot Cabernet
Aromas: It has lovely plum, redcurrant and cedar notes on the nose plus an intriguing hint of tea.
Palate: It has dense black fruit flavors with blackcurrant and blackberry with a touch of cedar and a good tannic structure.
Country of Origin: New Zealand
Region of Origin: Gimblett Gravels Winegrowing District®, Hawke’s Bay
Bottle Closure: Cork
Alcohol Percentage: 13.5%
Suggested Cellaring: 7-10 years
Harvest: Hand harvested
Vinification: Fermented in open-top stainless steel fermenters. It has wild ferment. It was hand plunged two times daily. Post fermentation was through soaking for two to three weeks followed by maturation in barrel.