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Church Road Hawke's Bay Sauvignon Blanc

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Church Road Hawke's Bay Sauvignon Blanc

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Michael Cooper (2010 Vintage) says
Aiming for a wine that is 'more refined and softer than a typical New Zealand Sauvignon Blanc, with restrained varietal characters', the 2009 vintage was based mostly (87 per cent) on aromatic fruit from Pernod Ricard NZ's elevated Matapiro site (300 metres above sea level), blended with grapes from a warmer site at Havelock North. Partly barrel-fermented (13 per cent), it has slightly sweaty aromas leading into a mouthfilling wine, fresh and crisp, with sweet-fruit delights and ripe tropical-fruit flavours, dry and generous. The 2010, grown at Matapiro (92 per cent) and in the company's Redstone Vineyard in The Triangle, is similar, with fresh, ripe tropical-fruit flavours, showing good complexity and richness.
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Michael Cooper (2009 Vintage) says
Aiming for a wine that is 'more refined and softer than a typical New Zealand Sauvignon Blanc, with restrained varietal characters', the 2009 vintage was based mostly (87 per cent) on aromatic fruit from Pernod Ricard NZ's elevated Matapiro site (300 metres above sea level), blended with grapes from a warmer site at Havelock North. Partly barrel-fermented (13 per cent), it has slightly sweaty aromas leading into a mouthfilling wine, fresh and crisp, with sweet-fruit delights and ripe tropical-fruit flavours, dry and generous. The 2010, grown at Matapiro (92 per cent) and in the company's Redstone Vineyard in The Triangle, is similar, with fresh, ripe tropical-fruit flavours, showing good complexity and richness.
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Michael Cooper (2008 Vintage) says
Aiming for a wine that is 'more refined and softer than a typical New Zealand Sauvignon Blanc, with restrained varietal characters', the 2008 vintage was based mostly (78 per cent) on aromatic fruit from Pernod Ricard NZ's elevated Matapiro site (300 metres above sea level), blended with grapes from warmer vineyards on the plains. Partly barrel-fermented, it is a finely balanced, weighty, slightly creamy wine with strong melon and capsicum flavours, a hint of oak, moderate acidity and a fully dry finish. Great drinkability.
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Michael Cooper (2007 Vintage) says
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Michael Cooper (2006 Vintage) says
Aiming for a wine that is 'more refined and softer than a typical New Zealand Sauvignon Blanc, with restrained varietal characters', in 2006 Pernod Ricard NZ blended Matapiro (predominantly) and other Hawke's Bay fruit, and fermented and lees-aged 20 per cent of the blend in seasoned French oak barriques. Only free-run juice was used (with minimal skin contact), giving the wine delicacy and the potential for greater longevity. A full-bodied, ripe style, understated and elegant, it has generous, tropical-fruit/lime flavours, with crisp acidity, a hint of oak adding complexity - and great drinkability.
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