Rimu Grove Pinot Noir
Harvest date 5 – 12 April 2013
Sugars at harvest 24 – 26 Brix
Bottling date 6 September 2014
Cases produced 163
100% fruit from the Rimu Grove Estate Vineyard located in the Moutere Hills.
Mix of seven clones: 10/5, Pomard clones UCD 5 & 6, Dijon clones 114, 115, 667 & 777.
Barrel aged in French oak for 10 months.
Grapes were picked by hand and cold-soaked for 5-7 days.
Wine was fermented in small open-top fermentation vats and
hand-plunged 3 times daily.
Tasting notesSweet-fruit aromas accentuated with toasty oak, vanilla and savoury spice. An extremely textural wine, full bodied with silky fine-grained tannins that envelop the pallet and leave a graceful, lingering finish.
****½ Stars, New Zealand Wines 2017: Michael Cooper’s Buyer’s Guide
“Estate-grown near Mapua, on the Nelson coast, this is typically a rich wine with strong personality. The 2013 vintage, French oak-aged for 11 months, has full, moderately youthful colour. It's a powerful, concentrated wine, ripely fragrant and sweet-fruited, with substantial body (14.5 per cent alcohol) and deep plum, spice and slight liquorice flavours, showing good complexity. A generous, supple red, it's age-worthy but already drinking well.”