Rimu Grove Chardonnay 2003
Harvest date 12 - 16 April 2003
Sugars at harvest 23.2 - 23.9 Brix
Bottling date 20 March 2004
Cases produced 410
T/A 7.5 gm/litre
100% fruit from the Moutere Hills appellation.
100% barrel fermented in French oak (22% new).
33% 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 notesFresh 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.