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Charles Wiffen Marlborough Chardonnay

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Charles Wiffen Marlborough Chardonnay

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WINESTATE (2010 Vintage) says
Winestate Magazine, Mar/Apr 2012
Michael Cooper (2009 Vintage) says
Charles and Sandy Wiffen own a vineyard in the Wairau Valley, but their wine is made at West Brook in West Auckland. The 2009 vintage , French oak-aged for 10 months, is an upfront style, rich, toasty and creamy. Drinking well currently, it's a peachy, full-flavoured wine with toasty, nutty, buttery notes adding complexity and good length.
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Michael Cooper (2007 Vintage) says
Charles and Sandy Wiffen own a vineyard in the Wairau Valley, but their wine is made at West Brook in West Auckland. The 2007 vintage was French oak-aged for 10 months. It's a vibrantly fruity style with ripe grapefruit, pear and spice flavours, finely integrated oak and a fresh, smooth finish.
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Michael Cooper (2004 Vintage) says
Charles and Sandy Wiffen own a vineyard in the Wairau Valley, but their wine is made at West Brook in Auckland. The 2004 vintage was matured for 10 months in new and seasoned French oak barriques (the 2003 was also in American oak). Light yellow, it's a full-bodied wine (14 per cent alcohol), citrusy and slightly honeyed, with touches of sweet oak and a firm, crisp finish.
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Michael Cooper (2003 Vintage) says
Charles and Sandy Wiffen own a vineyard in the Wairau Valley, but their wine is made at West Brook in Auckland. The 2003 vintage was matured for 10 months in new and seasoned French oak barriques, with some lees-stirring and malolactic fermentation. Light yellow, it's a full-bodied, citrusy, toasty, slightly buttery wine with moderate complexity and a smooth finish.
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Michael Cooper (2002 Vintage) says
Charles and Sandy Wiffen own a vineyard in the Wairau Valley, but their wine is made at West Brook in Auckland. The 2002 vintage was matured in new and seasoned French oak barriques, with some lees-stirring and malolactic fermentation. Strong butterscotch and toast aromas lead into a bold (14 per cent alcohol), buttery wine with ripe, stone-fruit flavours, some mealy, oaky complexity and a rich finish. It's an upfront style, for drinking 2003-04.
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Michael Cooper (2001 Vintage) says
Charles and Sandy Wiffen own a vineyard in the Wairau Valley and in 1997 produced the first wine under their own label. The smooth, immaculate 2001 vintage is the best yet. Matured for 10 months in new and seasoned French oak barriques, with some lees-stirring and malolactic fermentation, it's fresh, mouthfilling and vibrant, with ripe peach/grapefruit characters, buttery, toasty complexities and excellent concentration and harmony. A delicious mouthful
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Michael Cooper (1999 Vintage) says
Charles and Sandy Wiffen own a vineyard in the Wairau Valley and in 1997 produced the first wine under their own label. The 1998 is an ebullient, upfront style. French oak-matured for just three months, it's fragrant, with mouthfilling body, concentrated, ripe flavours of cirrus and melon, sweet toasty oak and a rich, creamy finish. The 1999 is a fruit-driven style, soft and elegant, with well-ripened tropical fruit and citrus fruit flavours of very good depth and a clean, crisp finish.
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Michael Cooper (1998 Vintage) says
Charles and Sandy Wiffen own a vineyard in the Wairau Valley and in 1997 produced the first wines under their own label. The 1997 was a very stylish debut - fresh and immaculate, with excellent depth of ripe, tropical fruit flavour, a touch of nutty oak, lively acidity and a long finish. The 1998 is an ebullient, upfront wine, already delicious. French oak-matured for just three months, it's fragrant and fresh, with mouthfilling body, concentrated, ripe flavours of citrus and melon, sweet toasty oak and a rich, creamy finish. It's a forward style, for drinking 1999-2000.
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Michael Cooper (1997 Vintage) says
Charles and Sandy Wiffen own a vineyard in the Wairau Valley and in 1997 produced the first wines under their own label. The 1997 was a very stylish debut - fresh and immaculate, with excellent depth of ripe, tropical fruit flavour, a touch of nutty oak, lively acidity and a long finish. The 1998 is an ebullient, upfront wine, already delicious. French oak-matured for just three months, it's fragrant and fresh, with mouthfilling body, concentrated, ripe flavours of citrus and melon, sweet toasty oak and a rich, creamy finish. It's a forward style, for drinking 1999-2000.
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