Rua Pinot Gris

Tasting Note


100% Pinot Gris


Region: Central Otago

Sub-Region: Bannockburn


Cairmuir Rd Vineyard:

Vineyard block: Cairnmuir White (50%)

Clones: Barry, Larcome

Row orientation: east / west

Soil: Very sandy fine schist with free draining loams

Vine age: 12 years old

Trellising system & pruning: VSP, spur

Felton Terraces Vineyard:

Vineyard block: Maia (50%)

Clones: 2/15

Aspect: North/north west sloping elevated glacial terrace

Row orientation: east/west

Soil: weakly structured light alluvial soils overlaying schist rock

Elevation: 270m

Vine age:  20 years

Trellis system & pruning: VSP, spur



Growing conditions: An exceptionally warm, dry spring and early summer gave us unusually high early season growth. Extraordinary January heat brought the whole growing season forward culminating in our harvest starting earlier than ever, on March 8th. Late summer brought us record high rainfall with relatively cool daytime temperatures. These cooler temperatures kept disease pressure in check and the fruit delivered to the winery by the vineyard crew was in excellent condition.


Grower Degree Days:  1,283 GDD

Rainfall: 426 ml Oct-April growing season

Cropping: Average 7.5 T/HA




Whole bunch pressed

Ferment Vessel: Stainless Steel tank

Yeast: Inoculated – various strains

Fermentation Temp: 13-15°

Lees: stirred weekly


Pretty, layered nose of citrus blossom, especially mandarin and orange, with ginger spice. Juicy and textural on the palate with bright, dancing acidity.

Winemaker’s Notes:

“In 2018, our RUA pinot gris comes from our parcels on both sides of Bannockburn. The Cairnmuir Rd parcel brings ripeness and richness on the palate and the Felton Terraces parcel contributes energy and lively acidity. It's nice to see both vineyards speak their terroir through our RUA pinot gris this year.



3-5 years



Vineyard Manager Mark Naismith

Winemaker Andrew Keenleyside

Harvest date: 1st - 6th April 2018

Brix at Harvest:  21-23

Alcohol: 14.5 %

Residual Sugar: 5.0g/l

Titratable Acidity: 5.3g/L

Bottled:  September 2018

PH: 3.38



December 2018

Cuisine Magazine

No. 3 NZ pinot gris, 4.5 stars


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