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Craggy Range Seven Poplars Vineyard Chardonnay

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Craggy Range Seven Poplars Vineyard Chardonnay

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Michael Cooper (2008 Vintage) says
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WINESTATE (2007 Vintage) says
Clean, lifted chardonnay fruit nose and fresh, fruity flavours with light oak use.
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Michael Cooper (2007 Vintage) says
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Michael Cooper (2006 Vintage) says
Grown on the banks of the Tutaekuri River in the lower Dartmoor Valley, this is typically a refined wine with lovely depth of flavour. The 2006 vintage was hand-picked from Dijon clones of Chardonnay at 23.7 brix, and fermented with indigenous yeasts in French oak barriques (45 per cent new). Barrel-aged for 10 months, it's a powerful yet approachable Hawke's Bay wine, robust (14.4 per cent alcohol), with lush, ripe grapefruit flavours, mealy and biscuity, impressive harmony and a lasting finish.
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Michael Cooper (2005 Vintage) says
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Michael Cooper (2004 Vintage) says
Grown on the banks of the Tutaekuri River in the lower Dartmoor Valley, this is typically a refined wine with lovely depth of flavour. The 2004 vintage, based on 16-year-old vines, was fermented with use of indigenous yeasts in French oak barriques (60 per cent new), and lees-aged for 15 months. Pale lemon/green, it is fresh, rich and youthful in an elegant, complex style, still developing. Slightly minerally, with concentrated, sweet fruit characters and a rounded finish, it's worth cellaring to at least mid 2006.
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Michael Cooper (2003 Vintage) says
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Michael Cooper (2002 Vintage) says
Grown on the banks of the Tutaekuri River in the lower Dartmoor Valley, this is typically a refined wine with lovely depth of flavour. The 2002 vintage based on 14-year-old vines, was fermented (with a 50/50 split of indigenous and cultured yeasts) and lees-aged for eight months in French oak casks (50 per cent new), with full malolactic fermentation. Light yellow, it's an excellent example of the Hawke's Bay regional style, fresh and mouthfilling, with rich, peachy, creamy, toasty flavours. It's arguably less intense than the 2001 but softer and more forward.
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Michael Cooper (2001 Vintage) says
Grown on the banks of the Tutaekuri River in the lower Dartmoor Valley, this is typically a highly refined wine, with lovely depth of delicate, citrusy, appley, nutty flavours. The 2001 vintage based on 13-year-old vines, was fermented (with a 50/50 split of indigenous and cultured yeasts) and matured for eight months in French oak casks (60 per cent new), with full malolactic fermentation. Bright, light yellow in hue, with butterscotch and nut characters on the nose, it's a weighty wine with deep, citrusy, mealy flavours and a slightly creamy texture. Showing impressive intensity and harmony, it's still unfolding; open mid-2003+.
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Michael Cooper (2000 Vintage) says
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Michael Cooper (1999 Vintage) says
The outstanding first 1999 vintage was grown in the Todd family's vineyard on the banks of the Tutaekuri River at OBabich Maranui, and fermented and matured for 10 months in French oak barriques. Pale straw, it's very complex on the nose - creamy, mealy and biscuity. A highly refined wine, it's not oak-dominated, with a fresh, immaculate, finely structured palate showing lovely depth of delicate, citrusy, appley, nutty flavours, soft yet crisp. Open mid-2001 onwards.
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