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Dry River Lovat Syrah

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Dry River Lovat Syrah

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Michael Cooper (2002 Vintage) says
In a vertical tasting of the 1996 to 2002 vintages, staged in March 2004, the 1998 was impressively power-packed and youthful, and the 2000 was highly fragrant, intense and refined. The 2002 vintage grown in the Lovat vineyard (previously called Arapoff) in Martinborough, is densely coloured, with pungent black pepper aromas and fresh acidity- woven through its highly concentrated plum, berry and spice flavours. A distinctly cool-climate, intensely varietal style with a long, peppery finish, it needs time; open 2006+.
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Michael Cooper (2001 Vintage) says
The tautly structured 2001 vintage labelled 'Arapoff, needs another two or three years to unfold. Grown in Martinborough, it was matured for a year in French oak barriques (30 per cent new). Deep and very youthful in colour, with rich, black-pepper and plum aromas and flavours, it's very fresh and vibrant, with a firm backbone of tannin and a long, spicy finish. A distinctly cool-climate style, it's well worth cellaring to at least 2005
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Michael Cooper (2000 Vintage) says
Already very enjoyable, the 2000 vintage, labelled 'Arapoff, is deep and youthful in colour, with the unmistakeable, black-pepper aromas of Syrah. It's a generous, very full-flavoured wine with sweet fruit characters of plums and spice, gentle tannins and a persistent, well-rounded finish.
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Michael Cooper (1999 Vintage) says
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James Halliday (1998 Vintage) says
Dark red-purple; the bouquet is packed with dense, dark chocolate fruit with hints of black cherry. The palate is rich, ripe and concentrated, with dark chocolate, black cherry and prune flavours. An extremely interesting, if idiosyncratic, rendition of Shiraz from a freak vintage.
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Michael Cooper (1998 Vintage) says
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Michael Cooper (1997 Vintage) says
There's a slight lack of warmth and roundness, reflecting the fairly cool vintage, but the 1997 vintage is still a notably good Martinborough red. The colour is bold; the bouquet strongly peppery; the palate sturdy and tannic, with generous blackcurrant and spice flavours. An intensely varietal wine, it's youthful and well-structured, and should mature well.
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