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Esk Valley Hawke's Bay Chardonnay

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Esk Valley Hawke's Bay Chardonnay

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Michael Cooper (2011 Vintage) says
Full-bodied, with strong, ripe, peachy flavours and butterscotch and toasty oak notes adding complexity (85 per cent barrel-fermented). Youthful wine, developing well.
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Michael Cooper (2003 Vintage) says
Given its affordable price, most recent vintages of this 'black label' wine have been unexpectedly classy. From a difficult season, the 2003 is skilfully balanced for early drinking. Grown mostly in vineyards around the Bay View and Eskdale districts, which escaped the frosts, it was fermented and lees-aged for eight months in French and American oak barriques, with hill malolactic fermentation. Pale yellow, with citrusy, slightly limey, toasty, buttery flavours, it's a fresh, crisp, tightly structured wine with good weight and depth.
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Michael Cooper (2001 Vintage) says
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Michael Cooper (1998 Vintage) says
Given its affordable price, the latest vintages of this wine have been unexpectedly classy. The 1997 vintage is a mouthfilling wine with rich peach/citrus flavours, toasty/butterscotch characters and a deliciously creamy texture. The strapping 1998 was 75 per cent barrel fermented and 100 per cent oak-aged. It shows a strong, creamy "malo" influence, coupled with rich flavours of tropical fruits. Lush and smooth, with mouthfilling body (14 per cent alcohol), it should be at its best during 2000. A great buy.
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Michael Cooper (1996 Vintage) says
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Michael Cooper (1994 Vintage) says
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Michael Cooper (1992 Vintage) says
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Michael Cooper (1991 Vintage) says
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