Grape Varietal: 100% Pinot Noir
Growing Region: Moutere, Nelson, New Zealand
Owner / Chief Winemaker: Patrick Stowe

Patrick literally broke ground in Nelson, pulling out an orchard and planting a new vineyard called Rimu Grove back in 1995 on the point above the scenic Waimea Estuary. Patrick's search for the ultimate expression of 'terroir' is reflected in his wines: a synergy of Nelson sunshine, Moutere clay gravels, maritime microclimate and an incredible attention to detail.
A changeable cold and windy spring season produced a variable fruit-set for the Pinot Noir resulting in 30-40% less crop.

 

Though a warm and dry summer followed, allowing the fruit to be picked at optimal ripeness, with the Pinot Noir having great concentration of flavour.
The grapes were carefully hand-picked, and taken just a short distance to the winery. The bunches were 100% destemmed and allowed to soak on their skins prior to fermentation for 5-7 days. Fermented in small open-top fermentation vats, with the cap being hand-plunged 3 times daily, then barrel aged in French oak for 10 months (24% being new oak). A blend of seven clones, all coming from the Rimu Grove Estate vineyards.
A rich garnet colour fills the glass. A beautifully ripe nose, showing complex dark cherry, dried spice, game and oak characters. The palate is concentrated and weighted beautifully with a velvety texture and well integrated acidity. The back palate in long and softly dry with plenty of fine-grained tannins that linger on the finish. Decant for 30-45 minutes and serve at 15-16°C.

Showing subtle Burgundian nuances, with bright Nelson fruit.

CELLARING POTENTIAL:
Drinking perfectly well this season; and will age gracefully for another 3-4 years.

SUGGESTED FOOD MATCHES:
Perfect wine match with duck, game birds, rabbit, beef salad, and semi-soft cheeses, enjoy.