Rimu Grove Pinot Noir 2007
Harvest date: 3 April - 1 May 2007
Sugars at harvest: 23.2 – 26.8 Brix
Bottling date: 31 March 2008
Cases produced 453
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 (24% new oak).
Grapes were picked by hand and cold-soaked for 5-7 days.
Wine was fermented in small open-top fermentation vats and hand-plunged 3 times daily.
Tasting notesDelicate, sweet-fruit aromas accentuated with toasty oak, vanilla and savoury spice. Gorgeously plump, fleshy wine with fresh juicy acidity and lovely fine-grained tannins. This wine combines a full body with a graceful balance
ReviewsWine Orbit Issue 14, October 2010, ***** 94 points
“This is outrageously good - refined and engaging. The nose is beautifully ripe and complex displaying dark cherry, spice, game and cedary oak characters. It's concentrated and tightly focused on the palate with lovely texture and gently firm tannins. A superbly structured Pinot with a huge appeal.”
Michael Cooper's 2010 Buyer's Guide to NZ Wines **** ½
“Estate-grown near Mapua, on the Nelson coast, this is typically a rich wine with loads of personality. The 2007 vintage (****½) was harvested at 23.2 to 26 brix and matured for 11 months in French oak barriques (24% new). Full of personality, it is sturdy, with full, youthful colour and a complex, slightly earthy and savoury bouquet. Weighty, with concentrated, ripe cherry, spice and nut flavours, it is firmly structured and should be long-lived.”