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Collards Blakes Mill Chardonnay

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Collards Blakes Mill Chardonnay

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Michael Cooper (2005 Vintage) says
Buyer's Guide to New Zealand Wines
Michael Cooper (2004 Vintage) says
A good drink-young style, Collards' lightly oaked wine is named after the old Blakes Mill settlement, now the site of the company's Rothesay Vineyard in West Auckland, where most of the grapes are grown. It is oak-aged, says Bruce Collard, 'for flavour and style enhancement, rather than any noticeable oakiness'. The 2004 vintage is citrusy and appley, in a simple, fruit-driven style, fresh and lively.
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Michael Cooper (2003 Vintage) says
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Michael Cooper (2002 Vintage) says
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Michael Cooper (2001 Vintage) says
A good drink-young style, Collards' lightly oaked wine is named after the old Blakes Mill settlement, now the site of the company's Rothesay Vineyard in West Auckland, where most of the grapes are grown. It is oak-aged, says Bruce Collard, 'for flavour and style enhancement, rather than any noticeable oakiness'. The 2001 vintage was available directly from the winery in the spring of 2002 in case lots at $7.95 per bottle. Slightly biscuity on the nose, it's a weighty wine (13.5 per cent alcohol), crisp and dry, with fairly developed grapefruit and nut flavours. Offering good drinking through late 2002 and 2003, it's a slightly more complex style than previously.
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Michael Cooper (2000 Vintage) says
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Michael Cooper (1999 Vintage) says
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Michael Cooper (1998 Vintage) says
A good drink-young style, Collards' lightly oaked Chardonnay is named after the old Blakes Mill settlement, now the site of the company's Rothesay Vineyard in West Auckland. Based principally on Auckland grapes (including some Rothesay fruit, although not the low-bearing Mendoza clone), it is oak-aged, says Bruce Collard, "for flavour and style enhancement, rather than any noticeable oakiness". The 1998 is a mouthfilling wine with good depth of fresh, vibrant, melon-like flavours and a slightly buttery finish. Fine value.
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Michael Cooper (1997 Vintage) says
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Michael Cooper (1996 Vintage) says
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Michael Cooper (1995 Vintage) says
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