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Carrick Central Otago Chardonnay

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Carrick Central Otago Chardonnay

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Michael Cooper (2009 Vintage) says
A tight, elegant, cool-climate style, this wine is grown at Bannockburn, fermented with indigenous yeasts and matured for a year in French oak barriques (15 per cent new). The 2009 vintage , given a full, softening malolactic fermentation, is the best yet. Richly scented, with fresh, ripe grapefruit-like flavours, slightly nutty and creamy, and good acid spine, it is very concentrated, complex and harmonious. A great buy.
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Rob Geddes MW (2007 Vintage) says
Able to build wonderful complexity with very pretty grilled nuts, honey, toast and shortbread spectrum flavours.
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Michael Cooper (2007 Vintage) says
A tight, elegant, cool-climate style, this wine is grown at Bannockburn and matured for a year in French oak barriques (15 per cent new). The 2007 vintage is impressive. Complex and minerally, it is lull-bodied (14 per cent alcohol), with finely integrated oak and excellent depth of vibrant, citrusy, mealy flavours, dry and finely textured.
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Rob Geddes MW (2004 Vintage) says
Able to build wonderful complexity with very pretty grilled nuts, honey, toast and shortbread spectrum flavours.
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90
Michael Cooper (2004 Vintage) says
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Rob Geddes MW (2003 Vintage) says
Able to build wonderful complexity with very pretty grilled nuts, honey, toast and shortbread spectrum flavours.
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91
Michael Cooper (2003 Vintage) says
From a region that often struggles with Chardonnay, this wine is typically one of the best. The 2003 vintage, grown on the Cairnmuir Terraces at Bannockburn, was fermented and matured in French oak barriques (16 per cent new). A mouthfilling wine with toasty, mealy, slightly buttery flavours woven with fresh acidity, it's worth cellaring. (I have also tasted a classy Extended Barrel Maturation Chardonnay 2002, oak-aged for 18 months, with excellent intensity of elegant, cool-climate fruit characters, impressive harmony and a creamy, rounded finish.)
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Michael Cooper (2002 Vintage) says
From a region that often struggles with Chardonnay, the 2002 vintage grown on the Caimmuir Terraces at Bannockburn, is an unusually successful wine, with real presence in the mouth. Fermented mostly (66 per cent) with indigenous yeasts in French oak barriques (20 per cent new), it is fragrant and mouthfilling, with complex grapefruit and nut flavours, mealy, buttery complexities and a freshly acidic, long finish.
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Michael Cooper (2001 Vintage) says
The 2001 vintage was grown on the Caimmuir Terraces at Bannockburn and fermented and matured for a year, with weekly lees-stirring, in French oak barriques (20 per cent new). It's a powerful wine (14.5 per cent alcohol) with crisp acidity threaded through its strong grapefruit-like flavours, which show good oak/lees complexity. Robust, tight and dry, with a hint of butterscotch and good length, it's well worth cellaring
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