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Rua Pinot Noir 2011

Matured for 10 months in oak, 10% new, the 2011 Rua Pinot Noir has a medium ruby-purple colour with pronounced black cherry and blackberry aromas plus touches of cinnamon stick and cloves. Medium-bodied with a decent concentration of straightforward juicy fruit, it has a low level of velvety tannins, refreshing acid and a medium to long finish.

A delicious drink-young style, hand picked and French oak matured for 10 months. Sweet fruited and smooth, with a gentle seasoning of oak and fresh, generous cherry and plum flavours to the fore.

The 2009 vintage of this wine earned my rating for best value Pinot Noir from that vintage although I was less impressed with the following vintage. Rua hits its earlier form in this vintage with a lovely mix of ripe plum and dark cherry flavours plus a seasoning of spice. Excellent value at this price.

A highly enjoyable pinot, the bouquet is beautifully lifted showing red cherry, floral and a hint of nutty characters. It's ripe and juicy on the palate with lovely fruit intensity and soft tannins. The wine is silky smooth and shows excellent depth of flavour - very impressive for a second label. At its best: now to 2015.

Young, lively and vibrant, it has firm Bannockburn tannins, but also light, elegant fruit tones.

A delightful perfumed wine that shows lots of Central Otago character; plenty of exuberant cranberry, damson and red plum fruit flavours. Very soft tannins add a silky bite on the finish, but this is a generous, smooth, impressive wine. Has potential to develop further, but why bother when it is drinking so beautifully now.

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