Rimu Grove Chardonnay 2007
Harvest date 17 & 30 April 2007
Sugars at harvest 23.3 & 25.0 Brix
Bottling date 31 March 2008
Cases produced 275
T/A 6.8 gm/litre
100% fruit from the Moutere Hills appellation.
100% barrel fermented in French oak (50% new).
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 notesLively crème brûlée, juicy pear, citrus, and mineral flavours echo on the long,
impressive finish. Fresh and vibrant; smooth round and generous. A nicely
layered wine with elegant sweet nut and toasted oak notes shining through,
this chardonnay has a natural affinity with food. It is drinking well now,
or will mellow and mature gracefully in the cellar until 2017.