Rimu Grove Winery, Nelson, New Zealand

Rimu Grove Chardonnay 2003

Winemaker's Notes

Harvest date 12 - 16 April 2003
Sugars at harvest 23.2 - 23.9 Brix
Bottling date 20 March 2004
Cases produced 410

Alcohol 13.8%
pH 3.2
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 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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