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Corbans Cottage Block Marlborough Chardonnay

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Corbans Cottage Block Marlborough Chardonnay

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Michael Cooper (2003 Vintage) says
The classy 2003 vintage from Allied Domecq was hand-picked at 23.5 to 24 brix, whole-bunch pressed, and fermented and lees-aged for 10 months in French oak casks (new and one-year-old). Elegant, with ripe, citrusy, nutty flavours showing good refinement, acidity and length, it's a very rounded and harmonious wine, biscuity and creamy, with good weight, richness and complexity.
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Michael Cooper (2002 Vintage) says
The highly enjoyable 2001 vintage was hand-picked at 23.5 to 24 brix, whole-bunch pressed, and fermented and lees-aged for 10 months in new and one-year-old French oak barriques, with malolactic fermentation and lees-stirring to add textural complexity. A softly structured wine with buttery, 'malo' characters holding sway on the nose and palate, it offers sweet fruit delights and a medley of citrus fruit, pear, nut and butterscotch flavours, concentrated and creamy. The 2002 is also a soft, creamy-smooth style with ripe, citrusy fruit characters and fine-quality French oak (50 per cent new) adding complexity. It's a very harmonious wine, forward in its appeal.
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Michael Cooper (2001 Vintage) says
The 1999 vintage is full and rounded, with a lovely harmony of stone-fruit, biscuit and butterscotch flavours in a lush, unusually complex style with a powerful, nutty finish. Already highly enjoyable, the 2001 was hand-picked at 23.5 to 24 brix, whole-bunch pressed, and fermented and lees-aged for 10 months in new and one-year-old French oak barriques, with malolactic fermentation and lees-stirring to add textural complexity. A softly structured wine with buttery, 'malo' characters holding sway on the nose and palate, it offers sweet fruit delights and a medley of citrus fruit, pear, nut and butterscotch flavours, concentrated and creamy.
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Michael Cooper (2000 Vintage) says
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Michael Cooper (1999 Vintage) says
The 1999 vintage is full and rounded, with a lovely harmony of stone-fruit, biscuit and butterscotch flavours in a lush, unusually complex style with a powerful, nutty finish. Already highly enjoyable, the 2001 was hand-picked at 23.5 to 24 brix, whole-bunch pressed, and fermented and lees-aged for 10 months in new and one-year-old French oak barriques, with malolactic fermentation and lees-stirring to add textural complexity. A softly structured wine with buttery, 'malo' characters holding sway on the nose and palate, it offers sweet fruit delights and a medley of citrus fruit, pear, nut and butterscotch flavours, concentrated and creamy.
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Michael Cooper (1998 Vintage) says
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Michael Cooper (1997 Vintage) says
The 1996 vintage is a flinty, complex wine for the long haul. Very full-bodied, savoury and tight, it possesses excellent depth of fresh, appley, lemony flavours and a slightly buttery, high-acid finish. The 1997 vintage is the finest yet. It's a serious, powerful wine, still unfolding. Handpicked at over 24 brix, fermented in French oak barriques (60 per cent new), and given a full malolactic fermentation, it's a tightly built, elegant wine with deep citrus/melon flavours, mealy, biscuity characters contributing complexity, and excellent concentration and structure.
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Michael Cooper (1996 Vintage) says
The 1996 vintage is a flinty, complex wine for the long haul. Very full-bodied, savoury and tight, it possesses excellent depth of fresh, appley, lemony flavours and a slightly buttery, high-acid finish. The 1997 vintage is the finest yet. It's a serious, powerful wine, still unfolding. Handpicked at over 24 brix, fermented in French oak barriques (60 per cent new), and given a full malolactic fermentation, it's a tightly built, elegant wine with deep citrus/melon flavours, mealy, biscuity characters contributing complexity, and excellent concentration and structure.
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Michael Cooper (1995 Vintage) says
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Michael Cooper (1994 Vintage) says
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Michael Cooper (1993 Vintage) says
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