Growing Region: Nelson, New Zealand
Owner / Winemaker: Patrick Stowe
I had the pleasure to catch-up and spend some quality time with Patrick in the winery-cellar just a few weeks ago before harvest. When Patrick set up his vineyards, he literally broke ground in Nelson, pulling out an old orchard and planting a new vineyard back in 1995, which he called Rimu Grove on the peninsula above the scenic Waimea Estuary just a short distance west of Nelson. Patrick's wines are an expression of their terroir.
A combination of Nelson’s sunshine, the local Moutere clay gravels, maritime micro-climate and a passionate attention to detail. Another testing, but rewarding growing season produced a dynamic selection of the Pinot Noir fruit - which now after a number of years bottle development - have produced a wine of note and worth sharing.
Nelson has several unique micro-climates which have been planted and are ideal for producing truly interesting expressions of Pinot Noir - and this wine shows some surprising and pleasing 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 cool soak on their skins prior to fermentation for around 5 days. The juice was fermented in small open-top fermentation vats, with the cap being hand-plunged 3 times daily. The wine was then racked off into French oak barrels for 10 months ageing and development - with about a third being new oak. This wine, like previous expressions is a blend of four clones (10/5, UCD 6, 115, 667), all coming from Rimu Grove's own estate vineyards located in the Moutere Hills.
In your glass, you will have an inviting cherry-skin red colour with a delicate crimson hue. No with age, this wine on the nose has aromas of spiced cherries, strawberry-jam, dried herbs and subtle earthy notes.
The palate has engaging generosity for a Pinot Noir, expressing rich, ripe cherry flavours, balanced by good structure from respectful time in French oak. Giving the wine a backbone, which over time in bottle now have a silky texture and a spice seam, with entwined refined tannins. Bottle ageing has also been good to this wine, showing complexity, a fuller mouth feel with a graceful balance and a pleasing lingering finish. A wine worth sharing now.
This 2010 Rimu Grover ‘Nelson’ Pinot Noir has 14% Alc. A short period of decanting (20-30 minutes) and serve in a full bowl shaped glass at 16-18°C.
An engaging Nelson Pinot Noir with maturity and elegance.
Drinking perfectly well this coming season; and will show well for another 2-3 years.
FOOD PAIRING SUGGESTIONS:
Perfect wine with grilled or smoked salmon, duck breast or lamb-cutlets with a cherry sauce, mushroom ravioli, and mild (semi-firm) aged cheeses - enjoy.