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Coopers Creek Swamp Road Reserve Chardonnay

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Coopers Creek Swamp Road Reserve Chardonnay

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Michael Cooper (2010 Vintage) says
Based on the winery's best Hawke's Bay grapes, this is typically a seductive wine with a finely judged balance of rich, citrusy, peachy fruit flavours and toasty oak. Hand-picked in the company's Middle Road Vineyard at Havelock North, it is fermented and matured for 10 months in French oak barriques (up to 50 per cent new). The 2010 vintage is youthful and rich, with mouth filling body and peachy, citrusy, biscuity, toasty flavours, showing excellent complexity, concentration and potential. Best drinking 2013+.
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Michael Cooper (2008 Vintage) says
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Michael Cooper (2000 Vintage) says
Based on some of the winery's best Hawke's Bay Chardonnay fruit, this is typically a lush, highly seductive wine with a finely judged balance of rich, citrusy, peachy fruit flavours and toasty oak. The 2000 is a blend of Havelock North (70 per cent) and Te Awanga grapes. Fully fermented in French oak barriques (40 per cent new, 60 per cent one-year-old) and given a full, softening malolactic fermentation, it's clearly a top vintage, with good weight and sweet fruit characters. Fresh, vibrant and mouthfilling, with a rich surge of citrus and stone-fruit flavours, integrated oak and a hint of butterscotch, it is drinking beautifully now, but should cellar well for another year or two. There is no 2001 vintage.
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Michael Cooper (1999 Vintage) says
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James Halliday (1998 Vintage) says
Medium to full yellow-green; the oak tends to dominate on the bouquet and to a lesser degree on the palate. On the other hand, the wine has abundant tropical fruit, which runs right through the palate, all adding up to a pretty delicious mouthful. Gold medal Air New Zealand Wine Awards 1999.
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Michael Cooper (1998 Vintage) says
Based on some of the winery's best Hawke's Bay Chardonnay fruit, this is typically a lush, highly seductive wine with a finely judged balance of rich, citrusy, peachy fruit flavours and toasty oak. It is grown in Coopers Creek's own vineyard at Havelock North. To avoid oak dominance, in some years part of the final blend is handled entirely in tanks, but most of the wine is fermented in French oak barriques, new and one-year-old. The 1997 is lush, generous and creamy-smooth, with strong citrus/fig flavours and real creaminess, reflecting its 100 per cent malolactic fermentation. Even better, the 1998 is deliciously soft, creamy and mouthfilling (almost 14 per cent alcohol), with lush tropical fruit flavours and a rich, lingering finish.
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Michael Cooper (1997 Vintage) says
Based on some of the winery's best Hawke's Bay Chardonnay fruit, this is typically a lush, highly seductive wine with a finely judged balance of rich, citrusy, peachy fruit flavours and toasty oak. It is grown in Coopers Creek's own vineyard at Havelock North. To avoid oak dominance, in some years part of the final blend is handled entirely in tanks, but most of the wine is fermented in French oak barriques, new and one-year-old. The 1997 is lush, generous and creamy-smooth, with strong citrus/fig flavours and real creaminess, reflecting its 100 per cent malolactic fermentation. Even better, the 1998 is deliciously soft, creamy and mouthfilling (almost 14 per cent alcohol), with lush tropical fruit flavours and a rich, lingering finish.
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James Halliday (1996 Vintage) says
Medium to full yellow-green; an elegant bouquet, still surprisingly tight, with citrus and melon fruit does not prepare you for the extremely rich, intense Batard Montrachet-like viscosity of the palate. Tangy and lively, with all the weight one could conceivably wish for.
Australian Wine Companion 1999 1998
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Michael Cooper (1996 Vintage) says
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James Halliday (1995 Vintage) says
Deep yellow-gold; a solid, smooth bouquet with ripe yellow peach fruit and relatively subtle toasty oak. A smooth, honeyed/buttery palate with well-judged oak in support. In transition between the vibrant exuberance of youth (probably when best) and full maturity.
Australian Wine Companion 1998 1997
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Michael Cooper (1995 Vintage) says
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Michael Cooper (1993 Vintage) says
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Michael Cooper (1992 Vintage) says
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Michael Cooper (1991 Vintage) says
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