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Church Road Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon

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Church Road Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon

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Michael Cooper (1998 Vintage) says
Montana's premier Hawke's Bay red (except for the rare 'Tom') was a Cabernet Merlot blend, up to and including the 1997 vintage. Made with advice from the Bordeaux house of Cordier, it's a distinctly Bordeaux-like wine, sturdy and supple, with excellent depth of brambly, spicy, cedary flavour and fine-grained tannins, although after three or four years a distinct herbaceousness can intrude. From the start, the Hoy vineyard in the Esk Valley was a key source of grapes, but recently Montana's own vineyards have come to the fore, especially Phoenix Estate, near Clive, and The McDonald Estate, a warm, shingly site at Moteo. The wine is matured for 18 months in French oak barriques (60 per cent new). For the first time, the 1998 vintage is an unblended Cabernet Sauvignon. Warm and dark, with rich, ripe blackcurrant, plum and dark chocolate flavours, very nutty, spicy and savoury, it's a serious, firmly structured red, still unfolding, and well worth cellaring. (There is also a Church Road Reserve Merlot Cabernet from the 1998 vintage - see the Merlot section.)
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Michael Cooper (1997 Vintage) says
Montana's premier Hawke's Bay red (except for the rare 'Tom') was a Cabernet Merlot blend, up to and including the 1997 vintage. Made with advice from the Bordeaux house of Cordier, it's a distinctly Bordeaux-like wine, sturdy and supple, with excellent depth of brambly, spicy, cedary flavour and fine-grained tannins, although after three or four years a distinct herbaceousness can intrude. From the start, the Hoy vineyard in the Esk Valley was a key source of grapes, but recently Montana's own vineyards have come to the fore, especially Phoenix Estate, near Clive, and The McDonald Estate, a warm, shingly site at Moteo. The wine is matured for 18 months in French oak barriques (60 per cent new). For the first time, the 1998 vintage is an unblended Cabernet Sauvignon. Warm and dark, with rich, ripe blackcurrant, plum and dark chocolate flavours, very nutty, spicy and savoury, it's a serious, firmly structured red, still unfolding, and well worth cellaring. (There is also a Church Road Reserve Merlot Cabernet from the 1998 vintage - see the Merlot section.)
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Michael Cooper (1996 Vintage) says
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Michael Cooper (1995 Vintage) says
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Michael Cooper (1994 Vintage) says
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