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Cross Roads The Talisman

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Cross Roads The Talisman

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Michael Cooper (1997 Vintage) says
The Talisman is different to any other New Zealand wine, says winemaker Malcolm Reeves. A blend of up to six red grapes whose identities Reeves delights in concealing, it is grown in the estate vineyard at Fernhill in Hawke's Bay and matured for two years in French and (since 1995) American oak barriques, with a high percentage of new wood. Typically a boldly coloured, highly fragrant, voluptuous red, it bursts with sweet, ripe fruit flavours. The 1997 lacks the power and complexity of a top year. Soft and spicy, in a rather Australian style, it has full, bright, youthful colour and a berryish, perfumed bouquet. It's a forward vintage, not highly complex but smooth and rich, with sweet oak and lots of upfront appeal. The 1994 (especially), 1995 and 1996 vintages are all maturing splendidly.
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Michael Cooper (1996 Vintage) says
The Talisman is different to any other New Zealand wine, says winemaker Malcolm Reeves. A blend of up to six red grapes whose identities Reeves delights in concealing, it is grown in the estate vineyard at Fernhill in Hawke's Bay and matured for two years in French and (since 1995) American oak barriques, with a high percentage of new wood. Typically a boldly coloured, highly fragrant, voluptuous red, it bursts with sweet, ripe fruit flavours. The 1997 lacks the power and complexity of a top year. Soft and spicy, in a rather Australian style, it has full, bright, youthful colour and a berryish, perfumed bouquet. It's a forward vintage, not highly complex but smooth and rich, with sweet oak and lots of upfront appeal. The 1994 (especially), 1995 and 1996 vintages are all maturing splendidly.
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Michael Cooper (1995 Vintage) says
The Talisman is different to any other New Zealand wine, says winemaker Malcolm Reeves. A blend of up to six red grapes whose identities Reeves delights in concealing, it is grown in the estate vineyard at Fernhill in Hawke's Bay and matured for two years in French and (since 1995) American oak barriques, with a high percentage of new wood. Typically a boldly coloured, highly fragrant, voluptuous red, it bursts with sweet, ripe fruit flavours. The 1997 lacks the power and complexity of a top year. Soft and spicy, in a rather Australian style, it has full, bright, youthful colour and a berryish, perfumed bouquet. It's a forward vintage, not highly complex but smooth and rich, with sweet oak and lots of upfront appeal. The 1994 (especially), 1995 and 1996 vintages are all maturing splendidly.
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Michael Cooper (1994 Vintage) says
The Talisman is different to any other New Zealand wine, says winemaker Malcolm Reeves. A blend of up to six red grapes whose identities Reeves delights in concealing, it is grown in the estate vineyard at Fernhill in Hawke's Bay and matured for two years in French and (since 1995) American oak barriques, with a high percentage of new wood. Typically a boldly coloured, highly fragrant, voluptuous red, it bursts with sweet, ripe fruit flavours. The 1997 lacks the power and complexity of a top year. Soft and spicy, in a rather Australian style, it has full, bright, youthful colour and a berryish, perfumed bouquet. It's a forward vintage, not highly complex but smooth and rich, with sweet oak and lots of upfront appeal. The 1994 (especially), 1995 and 1996 vintages are all maturing splendidly.
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