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Esk Valley Hawke's Bay Sauvignon Blanc

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Esk Valley Hawke's Bay Sauvignon Blanc

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Michael Cooper (2007 Vintage) says
In warm vintages this is a robust wine with rich, ripe tropical-fruit flavours; cooler years produce a less powerful but zesty wine. The 2007 vintage handled entirely without oak, is crisp and zingy, with fresh, ripe flavours of pineapples and limes, the barest hint of sweetness (4.5 grams/litre of residual sugar) and mouthfilling body.
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Michael Cooper (2006 Vintage) says
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Michael Cooper (2005 Vintage) says
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Michael Cooper (2004 Vintage) says
In warm vintages this is a robust wine with rich, ripe, tropical-fruit flavours; cooler years produce a less powerful but zesty wine. The 2004 vintage (tasted prior to bottling, and so not rated) was mostly handled in tanks, but 7. 5 per cent of the blend was fermented in seasoned oak barrels. Viewed by winemaker Gordon Russell as 'the best for many years', it's a ripe, tropical fruit-flavoured wine with very good depth, fresh, balanced acidity; a touch of complexity and substantial body.
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Michael Cooper (2003 Vintage) says
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Michael Cooper (2002 Vintage) says
In warm vintages this is a robust wine with rich, ripe, tropical fruit flavours; cooler years produce a less powerful but zesty wine. The 2002 vintage was grown in two vineyards, at Eskdale and Meeanee, and principally handled in tanks, but 10 per cent of the blend was barrel-fermented. It's a fresh, full-bodied wine with ripe melon and lime-evoking flavours, a touch of oak/lees complexity and a smooth, dry finish.
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Michael Cooper (2001 Vintage) says
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Michael Cooper (2000 Vintage) says
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Michael Cooper (1999 Vintage) says
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Michael Cooper (1998 Vintage) says
In warm vintages this is a robust wine with rich, ripely herbaceous flavour; cooler years produce a less powerful but zesty wine. The 1998 vintage was 10 per cent fermented in older oak casks, for "texture and complexity". Deliciously crisp, lively and weighty, it offers lovely depth of clearly varietal flavour at the tropical fruit end of the spectrum. A powerful wine with a long finish, it's top value. The 1999, tasted before bottling (and so not rated), looked excellent, with good weight and excellent depth of fresh, limey, rangy flavour.
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Michael Cooper (1997 Vintage) says
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Michael Cooper (1996 Vintage) says
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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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Michael Cooper (1992 Vintage) says
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Michael Cooper (1991 Vintage) says
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