Rimu Grove Winery, Nelson, New Zealand

Rimu Grove Chardonnay 2002

Winemaker's Notes

Harvest date 4 - 8 April 2002
Sugars at harvest 24.3 - 25.5 Brix
Bottling date 18 March 2003
Cases produced 319

Alcohol 13.9%
pH 3.22
T/A 8.5 gm/litre

100% fruit form the Rimu Grove Estate Vineyard.
100% barrel fermented in French oak (38% new).
45% malolactic fermentation

Grapes were picked by hand and whole-bunch pressed,
followed by cool fermentation in 225L barriques.
The wine was routinely barrel-stirred on full lees for 10 months.

Tasting notes

Fresh and vibrant; smooth, round and generous. Lively pear, citrus, apple and mineral flavours echo on the long, impressive finish. Nicely layered with elegant oak notes.

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