Rimu Grove Pinot Noir 2003
Harvest date 8 - 17 April 2003
Sugars at harvest 22.6 - 24.2 Brix
Bottling date 26 March 2004
Cases produced 430
T/A 6.4 gm/litre
100% fruit from the Rimu Grove Estate Vineyard in the Moutere Hills.
Mix of seven clones: 10/5, UCD 5 &6, 114, 115, 667, 777.
Barrel aged in French oak for 10 months (34% new oak).
Grapes were picked by hand and cold soaked for 5 days.
Wine was fermented in small open-top fermentation vats, hand-plunged 3 times daily.
Wine was bottled unfiltered.
Tasting notesOriginal Tasting Notes (2004):
Masses of cherry, dark red plum and currant flavours, ripe sweet fruit with earthy, savoury notes and hints of spice. Elegant toasty oak characters add structure and complexity in balance with the fruit. Silky texture with a long and generous finish.
Current Tasting Notes (2014):
Nose of spicy, savoury, forest-floor, mushroomy notes with deep mineral flavours. Bright acidity on the palate, shared with a rich, full-bodied liquorice body. Fantastic viscosity, will continue to age well for years to come, a great wine to cellar!