Rimu Grove Pinot Noir 2006
Harvest date: 30 March - 21 April 2006
Sugars at harvest: 24.0 – 26.8 Brix
Bottling date: 23 March 2007
Cases produced 418
100% fruit from the Rimu Grove Estate Vineyard located 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 (41% new oak).
Grapes were picked by hand and cold-soaked for 5 days.
Wine was fermented in small open-top fermentation vats and hand-plunged 3 times daily.
Tasting notesHighly fragrant, exhibiting dark plum, spice, floral and mushroom notes on the nose. Lovely density of plum, spice and slight liquorice flavours, complex, silky and sweet-fruited, with underlying tannins. The palate is beautifully weighted and textured with wonderful balance and structure.
ReviewsMichael Cooper's 2009 Buyer's Guide to NZ Wines *****
“Estate-grown near Mapua, on the Nelson coast, this is typically a rich wine with loads of personality. The 2006 vintage (***** ) was matured for 11 months in French oak barriques (41% new). Already delicious, it is highly fragrant, with lovely density of plum, spice and slight liquorice flavours, complex, silky and sweet-fruited, with underlying tannins. Drink now or cellar.”