Rimu Grove Winery, Nelson, New Zealand

The Hopeless Case Viognier

Winemaker’s Notes TheHopelessCase1

Harvest date                13 April 2014
Sugars at harvest         21.8 Brix
Bottling date                26 March 2015
Bottles produced         543
Alcohol                        12.0%
pH                               3.42
T/A                             7.5 g/L

During the 2014 vintage here at Rimu Grove our Viognier insisted on ripening well after every other variety was already picked and pressed. And by doing so it reminded us of one particular vineyard worker in our crew that year who never seemed quite able to get to work on time. With morning texts that included, “Sorry, I’m going to be late because my car keys got thrown out with the trash” and, “Sorry, I’m going to be late because I sold that car you lent me”, this unnamed individual was, nevertheless, fantastic once he did show up. Hardworking and enthusiastic, he was also – like this wine – lively, exuberant, unpronounceable, hand-picked and well worth the wait.

This wine was produced from fruit grown in the Moutere Hills which underwent gentle whole-bunch pressing. 50% was aged sur lie in a French oak barrel, 50% in a stainless steel tank.

This Single Release wine was handcrafted by the crew at Rimu Grove Winery. Limited to a ridiculously low number of bottles, this wine reflects the spirit of innovation, creativity and general eccentricity of the folks who make our wines.

Tasting notes

Lifted aromas of banana and passion fruit mixed with orange blossoms and anise; A luscious full-bodied mouthfeel with a sweet distinctive fruit character of pineapple and tangerine finishing with lovely Moutere minerality.

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