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Tasting Notes

Ruby Bay Chardonnay
 
2015
Hand harvested and aged in French oak barriques for 14 months, this elegant Chardonnay displays complex floral and clove spice aromas mingling with lovely white plum and apricot stone fruit.  The lively palate has hints of vanilla oak and a lingering creamy finish.  An elegant wine with wonderful structure that will mature gracefully. 
 
Ruby Bay Jewel Methode Traditionelle

Released October 2011, this cuvee has been lees aged for two years at disgorging.  The wine shows strawberry, bread and yeast aromas, and bursts on the palate with fruit intensity.  It broadens to reveal a rich, creamy mouth feel and enticing fruit sweetness followed by fresh strawberry and biscuits.  Good acid balance ensures a long lingering finish.

 

Ruby Bay Pinot Gris
 
2011
This Pinot Gris was handcrafted in the vineyard.  Meticulous canopy management and bunch thinning ensured ripeness and balance in the grapes which were finally hand picked  in perfect condition on 29th March 2011 at 24.5 Brix. The wine opens with rich, full and ripe flavours of quince, peach and pears as they burst on the palate.  Minerality and acidity balance the wine through to a long, lingering finish.

Awarded      Pure Bronze Medal 2012 Romeo Bragato Wine Awards

 
2012
Carefully managed and handpicked on 16th April 2012 at 24.3 Brix, the wine opens with rich, opulent flavours of quince, peach and pears as they burst on the palate.  Minerality and acidity balance the wine through to a long, clean finish.  Our winemaker, Steve, thought the wine so good he didn’t need to add any fining agents.

Awarded     Bronze Medal 2013 Easter Show Wine Awards

 
2013
This year's exceptional vintage has lifted notes of white peach, nectarine, white clover honey and a hint of quince, leading to a ligering opulent palate of ripe stone fruit, balanced with minerality and acid that refreshes.

 
Ruby Bay Pinot Noir
 

 

2011
Four Dijon clones of Pinot Noir are grown on the Ruby Bay Vineyard, namely clones 5, 115, 667 and 777.  The vines are closely monitored in the vineyard and all shoot and bunch thinning is carried out by hand to ensure the grapes ripen evenly.  This Pinot Noir exhibits aromas of boysenberries, cherries and appealing summer fruit notes, while the palate displays berry fruit and cherry flavours with a hint of spice and nutty oak.  An elegant and well made wine, it displays soft, ripe flavours with good length, smooth tannins and a long, lingering finish.  We expect this wine to age well for up to 5 years.

Awarded           Bronze Medal 2013 Easter Show Wine Awards

 
2012
Aged in French oak barriques for 14 months, this wine exhibits dark plum, cherry and vanilla pod aromas.  The palate displays a refined elegance with savoury notes and ripe dark fruit characters.  Cellaring well now, we expect this wine to age well for up to 8 years.  Bottled in August 2013, to be released for sale October 2013.
 
2011 Captain's Reserve SOLD OUT
The fruit from our Abel clone vines was chosen for its particularly distinctive rich flavours when sampled prior to bottling.   Ruby Bay’s owner, Andrew, a retired pilot, enjoyed the wine so much he thought it worthy of bottling entirely under its own label.  Captain’s Reserve exhibits savoury notes of dark cherry, plum, dried leaf and leather with a touch of floral aromas.  On the palate, rich fruit combines with hints of chocolate and berries.  The wine expands on the palate to integrate dark plum, fine tannins and a hint of smokey oak.  We expect it will age well for up to 8 years.

Awarded           Silver Medal 2013 Cathay Pacific Hong Kong International Wine & Spirit Competition
                           Bronze Medal 2012 New Zealand International Wine Show

 
2012 Captain's Reserve
Hand harvested and aged in French oak barriques for 14 months, this vineyard selected reserve exhibits black cherries, dark chocolate and ripe plum aromas leading to a rich, succulent, seamless palate.  We expect this wine to age well for up to 10 years.  Bottled in August 2013 and available for purchase from October 2013.
 
Ruby Bay Riesling
 
2010
This Riesling displays lovely aromas of ripe lemons and apples, while the palate is rich with flavours of baked apples, lemons, citrus and spice.  The sweetness of the fruit is beautifully balanced by a gentle, clean acidity and the finish in the mouth is long and satisfying.

Awarded           Bronze Medal 2012 Hong Kong International Wine & Spirit Competition


Wine reviewer Peter Saunders writes..."Light, tangy and aromatic Riesling just off-dry with the acids in perfect balance.  Young and still opening up but already well suited to light foods and canapes.  Sound summer wine with sensible 12.5% alcohol.  A wine to expand well through 2011."
 
2011
This Riesling is light straw colour and displays apples, some honeyed characters and green gauge plums on the nose.  The palate offers a smooth entry of crisp apples, has good length, overtones of lime and citrus blossom, with a soft and balanced finish. At 10.7% alchol, this is a great summer picnic, or evening apperitif wine.
 
2012
The grapes for this single vineyard Riesling were handpicked before being gently processed.  This wine displays classic aromas of ripe citrus apple and delicate floral notes.  The palate is rich with flavours of citrus, apple and tropical fruit.  A harmonious balance between residual sweetness and refreshing acidity lead to a clean, spicy finish.

Awarded           Bronze Medal 2013 Easter Show Wine Awards

 
2013

Our small planting of Riesling has produced delicate aromas of citrus blossom, lemon juice and lime zest combining for a rich entry and full bursting palate.  Succulent orange fleshed grapefruit and citrus flavours follow well balanced acid and wet stone minerality.

 
Ruby Bay Sauvignon Blanc
 
2011

On the nose there are hints of capsicum and grass, while the palate is smooth with citrus flavours and fresh pineapple ripeness.   With appealing flavours of lemon and mandarin, this Sauvignon sparkles on the palate.

Awarded          Pure  Bronze Medal 2011 Air New Zealand Wine Awards

 
2012
The wine opens with fresh pineapple ripeness, grapefruit and a hint of cut grass.  Appealing flavours of citrus and mandarin follow, leading to a balanced crisp finish.

Awarded           Bronze Medal 2013 Cathay Pacific Hong Kong International Wine & Spirit Competition
                           Bronze Medal 2013 Easter Show Wine Awards

 
2013
This year's vintage has aromas of capsicum, fresh cut grass, paw paw and cape gooseberries, leading to a plate rich with flavours of pineapple and passionfruit, aiding a delicate balance of minerality and acid.  Smooth and refreshing mouth feel provides a cleansing finish.
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