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2013 Stonecroft Wines Ruhanui Merlot Cabernet

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Now, don’t come any of that 'Sideways' rubbish of I'm not drinking #$%* merlot! Yes you are, and here is a good place to ease yourself into it, because it's got 40% cab sav, too. It's deep and full-bodied, displaying fragrant, plummy fruits on the nose with a hint of earthiness. The palate is powerful yet approachable with a dark-berried centre, fine, mellow tannins, and a dry, fruity finish with a savoury twist. It's great, lazy drinking you don't have to think too much about.

Winemaker's Notes

Lucky to get some this year. 2013 was an outstanding vintage. Dense black fruit flavours, particularly blackcurrant and blackberry. Fine grained tannins and a very long finish. A vibrant nose with blackcurrant, black berry, casis, cinnamon and black olive. Hints of Bordeaux, but of course 100% Gimblett Gravels.

Appearance: A deep ruby red colour.

Nose: 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. Fine grained tannins and a very long finish. Restrained oak treatment.

Alcohol: 13.5%

Variety: 60% Merlot, 40% Cabernet Sauvignon

Winemaking: Matured in French oak barrels for 18 months (25% new oak). Fermented in open-top stainless steel fermenters. Wild ferment Hand plunged two times daily. Post fermentation soak for two to three weeks followed by maturation in barrel.

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2013 Stonecroft Wines Ruhanui Merlot Cabernet

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Michael Cooper (2008 Vintage) says
Grown in the Gimblett Gravels, the 2008 vintage is a blend of Merlot (74 per cent) and Cabernet Sauvignon (26 per cent), matured for over 18 months in French oak casks. Full but not dense in colour, with a fragrant, spicy bouquet, it has plummy, spicy flavours, showing good complexity. A savoury, firmly structured red, it should be at its best 2012+.
2012 - 2017
Buyer's Guide to New Zealand Wines
Nick Stock (2007 Vintage) says
Very composed and balanced wine. This blend of merlot, cabernet and syrah delivers bright berry fruit and a lively, up-beat, sweet fragrance. The palate has fine tannin lines that carry nicely balanced, ripe fruit all the way through the finish. Gentle grip to close and some sweeter oak flavour floating through.
The Penguin Good Australian Wine Guide 2010 2009
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Michael Cooper (2001 Vintage) says
Ruhanui is a blend of Cabernet Sauvignon, Syrah and Merlot, grown in the stony soils of Mere Road, near Hastings. (Opened in 2002, the 1991 vintage, labelled Cabemet/Merlot, was richly coloured, brambly and spicy in a powerful Bordeaux style, savoury, complex and firm.) French oak-aged, the 2001 vintage is based principally on Cabernet Sauvignon (43 per cent) and Merlot (40 per cent), with 17 per cent Syrah. Full but not dense in colour, with a spicy bouquet, it offers firm, tautly structured, plum and black pepper flavours, with a slightly high-acid finish. It lacks the generosity and warmth of a top year, but shows very good depth.
Buyer's Guide to New Zealand Wines
Michael Cooper (2000 Vintage) says
Ruhanui is a blend of Cabernet Sauvignon, Syrah and Merlot, grown in the stony soils of Mere Road, near Hastings. (Opened in 2002, the 1991 vintage, labelled Cabernet Merlot, was richly coloured, brambly and spicy in a powerful Bordeaux style, savoury, complex and firm.) French oak-aged for 18 months, the 2000 vintage is based principally on Cabernet Sauvignon (65 per cent), with 20 per cent Merlot and 15 per cent Syrah. Fullish but not dense in colour, it is fresh and vibrant, with plenty of plummy, peppery flavour and slightly chewy tannins
Buyer's Guide to New Zealand Wines
Michael Cooper (1998 Vintage) says
Ruhanui is a blend of Cabernet Sauvignon, Syrah and Merlot, grown in the stony soils of Mere Road, near Hastings. French oak-matured for 18 months, the very impressive 1998 vintage is a notably complete wine with bold, dark colour and a fragrant, warm, spicy, nutty bouquet. Built for the long haul, it's rich and complex, with concentrated blackcurrant flavours seasoned with quality oak and a lasting, strongly spicy finish in which the Syrah (30 per cent) makes its presence well felt. Powerful, savoury and firm, it's the best Ruhanui yet.
Buyer's Guide to New Zealand Wines
Michael Cooper (1997 Vintage) says
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Michael Cooper (1995 Vintage) says
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