Rimu Grove Reserve Chardonnay 2001
Harvest date 24 March & 10 -12 April 2001
Sugars at harvest 22.2 - 22.7 Brix
Bottling date 1 June 2002
Cases produced 392
T/A 8.0 gm/litre
Fruit from the Rimu Grove Vineyard in the Moutere Hills appellation and fruit from the Waimea Plains.
87% barrel fermented in French oak (15% new).
30% malolactic fermentation
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 10 months.
Tasting notesOriginal Tasting Notes (2002):
Intertwining aromas and flavours evoke citrus, apple, pear, spices and melon. Concentrated and mouth filing, yet acid backbone for maturing. Complexity that will continue to grow in the cellar.
Current Tasting Notes (2014):
Beautiful nose of dried apple and pineapple cubes, buttery, mealy, “white clover honey on Vogels”. On the palate, the wine feels smooth with a great acidity backbone that support the bready, crisp walnuts, caramel and vanilla flavours. The finish is nicely dry and offers a great length.