Rimu Grove Winery, Nelson, New Zealand

Rimu Grove Chardonnay 2004

Winemaker's Notes

Harvest date 28 & 29 April 2004
Sugars at harvest 23.2 - 23.4 Brix
Bottling date 18 March 2005
Cases produced 565

Alcohol 13.9%
pH 3.28
T/A 8.4 gm/litre

100% fruit from the Moutere Hills appellation.
100% barrel fermented in French oak (42% new).
42% 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 11 months.

Tasting notes

Richly-scented aromatics of toasted hazelnuts, shortbread, muscat, star jasmine and complex citrus notes. A vibrant, rich palate with attractive lemondrop characters and citrus, mealy and nutty complexity echo on the long, impressive finish. A true classic in the style of Burgundy.

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