Rimu Grove Pinot Noir 2004
Harvest date 15 - 30 April 2004
Sugars at harvest 23.0 - 25.8 Brix
Bottling date 18 March 2005
Cases produced 664
T/A 6.8 gm/litre
100% fruit from the Rimu Grove Estate Vineyard in the Moutere Hills appellation.
Mix of seven clones: 10/5, UCD 5 &6, 114, 115, 667, 777.
Barrel aged in French oak for 10 months (35% 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 course-filtered.
Tasting notesOriginal Tasting Notes (2005):
Gorgeously plump, fleshy wine with a fine tannin balance. Delicate, sweet-fruit flavours, with raspberry and strawberry. Fine acidity and a lovely tail. A hint of funk which adds further intrigue. The wine combines a full body with a graceful balance and, although quite ready, will continue to develop complexity for several years.
Current Tasting Notes (2014):
Blueberry, black currant, blackberry, cinnamon, sage, roses and violets. Earthy, savoury notes and hints of spice, finished with a delicious fine-grained tannin evolution revealing an unparalleled dimension to the wine.