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Church Road Tom Chardonnay

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Church Road Tom Chardonnay

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Michael Cooper (2009 Vintage) says
The debut 2006 vintage is a great wine — one of the most memorable New Zealand Chardonnays yet. The 2009 was hand-harvested in Hawke's Bay, fermented with indigenous yeasts in French oak barriques (35 per cent new), barrel-aged for 14 months on its full yeast lees, with regular stirring, and then matured on light lees in tanks for a further eight months before bottling. Still tight and youthful, it has a very fragrant, complex bouquet. The palate is weighty, rich and rounded, concentrated and smoothly textured, with grapefruit and slight lime flavours, minerally, searching and long. It's less powerful and lush than the 2006, but was released a lot younger (at two rather than three and a half years old).
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Michael Cooper (2006 Vintage) says
The debut 2006 vintage is a great wine — one of the most memorable New Zealand Chardonnays yet. The 2009 was hand-harvested in Hawke's Bay, fermented with indigenous yeasts in French oak barriques (35 per cent new), barrel-aged for 14 months on its full yeast lees, with regular stirring, and then matured on light lees in tanks for a further eight months before bottling. Still tight and youthful, it has a very fragrant, complex bouquet. The palate is weighty, rich and rounded, concentrated and smoothly textured, with grapefruit and slight lime flavours, minerally, searching and long. It's less powerful and lush than the 2006, but was released a lot younger (at two rather than three and a half years old).
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