Ruhanui Merlot Cabernet 2013
60% Merlot, 40% Cabernet
2013 was a superb season with good flowering, fruit set and an excellent ripening period. After early frosts, spring weather was settled, sunny and summer was long, hot and dry with very low rainfall. These conditions produced fruit with lots of flavour and good ripeness.
Colour: Deep ruby red
Aroma: It has a vibrant nose with blackcurrant, black berry, casis, cinnamon and black olive plus a touch of cigar box.
Palate: Dense black fruit flavours particularly blackcurrant and blackberry. It has fine grained tannins and a very long finish. It has restrained oak treatment.
Liquor Style: Dry Red
Varietal: Merlot Cabernet
Bottle Closure: Cork
Alcohol Percentage: 13.5%
Standard Drinks: 8.0
Suggested Cellaring: 8 years
Oak: Matured in French oak barrels for 18 months (25% new oak)
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.
Region of Origin: Gimblett Gravels Winegrowing District®, Hawke’s Bay
Country of Origin: New Zealand
>> "A dense, ripe blend of 60 per cent merlot with cabernet sauvignon. Dark berry, plum, chocolate and spice flavours underpinned by fine, ripe tannins. Attractive wine that promises to age well."
-94 Points/4****, Bob Campbell (Gourmet Traveller Wine April/ May 2015)-
>> "This is awesome. The complex bouquet shows dark plum, blueberry, cigar box and mixed spice aromas, leading to a concentrated palate that is finely textured with excellent fruit richness. The wine is generous and flavoursome while remaining firmly structured, and finishes superbly long and supple. At its best: 2016 to 2025. Certified organic."
-94 Points/5*, Sam Kim (Wine Orbit)-
>> "Certified organic, the 2013 vintage (4.5****) is a blend of Merlot (60%) and Cabernet Sauvignon (40 per cent), matured for 18 months in French oak barrels (25%). A very elegant, youthful wine, it is deeply coloured, mouthfilling and fleshy, with concentrated, vibrant blackcurrant, plum and slight spice flavours, well-integrated oak, fine-grained tannins and obvious potential."
-Michael Cooper (Buyer’s Guide to New Zealand Wines 2015)-