Rimu Grove Winery, Nelson, New Zealand

Rimu Grove Chardonnay 2011

Winemaker's Notes

Harvest date 10, 21 April 2011
Sugars at harvest 23.1 & 23.7 Brix
Bottling date 22 March 2012
Cases produced 234

Alcohol 13.5%
pH 3.29
T/A 6.5 gm/litre

100% fruit from the Moutere Hills appellation.
Naturally barrel fermented in 100% French oak.

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

Lively citrus, and mineral flavours echo on the long, impressive finish.
Fresh and vibrant; smooth round and generous. A nicely
layered wine with elegant sweet nuts and toasted oak notes shining through.


Winner of the Colin Harrison Memorial Trophy, Best Nelson Chardonnay
“A more feminine wine than previous muscular princes. Evident on the nose is Patrick’s penchant for Long Toast French oak, which is at once powerful and subtle, and is overlaid with ripe honeysuckle and a hint of orange peel. On entry this wine is immediately mouth-filling, with fruit concentration that is amplified by a creamy flavour and a texture derived from 11 months on lees. A salty element sings of the Bronte Peninsula from whence the fruit came, with the harmonious oak carrying the finish on a long voyage over the horizon.”

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