Captain Nimmo Fortified 2009

captain nimmo 2009Tasting Notes

This fortified wine has been named in memory of my grandfather, Captain James Matheson Nimmo, a coalminer from Ngapara, North Otago. Produced in a “vintage port” style from ripe Pinotage grapes. Blackcurrants and blackberries lead to a smooth warm finish.

Wine Information

  • Winemaker: Andrew Nimmo
  • Region: Gisborne
  • Variety: Pinotage
  • Harvest Date: April 09
  • Bottling Date: 11 October 2010
  • Release Date: March 11

Winemaker Notes

Pinotage (and a small amount of Merlot) were fermented in open top fermenters. Whey alcohol was added towards the end of ferment to stop the ferment (by increasing alcohol level to levels where the yeasts cannot survive) thereby retaining natural residual sweetness. The fortified wine was then matured in old oak barrels for 14 months.

Viticulture Notes

Pinotage grapes were harvested at 28 brix in excellent condition from Ian Smith’s vineyard in Te Karaka.

 Technical Details

  • Alcohol: 18.2%
  • Residual Sugar: 49.6
  • Total Acidity: 6.75
  • ph: 3.65


  • Cellaring: 4-5 years (at least)


  • Bronze Bragato Wine Awards 2010
  • Bronze Gisborne Wine Awards 2012, 2013, 2014