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Clearview Old Olive Block Red Blend

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Clearview Old Olive Block Red Blend

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Michael Cooper (2008 Vintage) says
This Hawke's Bay red, based on Cabernet Sauvignon and Cabernet Franc, is grown in the estate vineyard at Te Awanga, which has a very old olive tree in the centre, and in the Gimblett Gravels. The rich 2008 vintage is a dark, complex blend of 59 per cent Cabernets (Sauvignon and Franc), supplemented by Merlot (38 per cent) and Malbec (3 per cent). Matured for 17 months in predominantly new French oak barriques, it is bold and youthful in colour, with deep, blackcurrant-like flavours, ripe and supple, a hint of coffee and good complexity. Dense and savoury, it's very age-worthy.
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Michael Cooper (2007 Vintage) says
This Hawke's Bay red, Cabernet Sauvignon-dominant, is grown in the estate vineyard at Te Awanga, which has a very old olive tree in the centre, and Gimblett Road. The 2007 vintage is a dark, complex blend of Cabernet Sauvignon (48 per cent), Cabernet Franc (25 per cent), Merlot (14 per cent) and Malbec (13 per cent), matured for 18 months in predominantly French oak barriques. Vibrant and very youthful, it has strong blackcurrant, plum, olive and spice flavours, with a strong, nutty oak influence and firm tannins. It should mature well.
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Michael Cooper (2006 Vintage) says
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Michael Cooper (2004 Vintage) says
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Michael Cooper (2003 Vintage) says
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Michael Cooper (2002 Vintage) says
This Hawke's Bay red is grown in the estate vineyard at Te Awanga, which has an old olive tree in the centre. Past vintages were Cabernet Sauvignon-centred, but the 2002 is a blend of Cabernet Franc (50 per cent), Cabernet Sauvignon (27 per cent), Merlot (17 per cent) and Malbec (6 per cent), matured for 15 months in new French oak barriques. It's a full-coloured wine with good intensity of fresh blackcurrant, herb and spice flavours, toasty oak and firm tannins. The 2003 is the only reserve red from the vintage. Merlot holds centre stage (57 per cent), with smaller portions of Malbec (17 per cent). Cabernet Sauvignon (17 per cent) and Cabernet Franc (9 per cent). It's a tightly structured wine, still very youthful, with firm, plummy, berryish, slightly gamey flavours showing good depth.
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