Rimu Grove Chardonnay 2013
Harvest date 3 - 10 April 2013
Sugars at harvest 22.0 - 22.7 Brix
Bottling date 11 March 2014
Cases produced 304
T/A 7.4 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 notesA complex array of smells and tastes showing yellow peach, roasted almond, cream and vanilla aromas, leading to a sumptuous palate that's filled with rich textures and delicious flavours. It's concentrated and expressive, and fabulously long on the finish.
Reviews***** 95 Points, Wine Orbit, October 2014
"From their stunning hillside vineyard in the Upper Moutere district, this immensely complex and stylish chardonnay is filled by white stone fruit, rockmelon, vanilla and brioche notes. The palate is concentrated and powerful with rich texture, while remaining firmly structured by bright acidity. Generous, seamless and expansive, and utterly delicious. At its best: now to 2020. Moderate availability."