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Esk Valley Reserve Chardonnay

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Esk Valley Reserve Chardonnay

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Michael Cooper (2003 Vintage) says
Since 1994, this has emerged as one of the most distinguished Chardonnays in Hawke's Bay. The 2002 vintage is a beauty-highly fragrant and softly structured, with substantial body (14. 5 per cent alcohol), gentle acidity and layers of peach, grapefruit and butterscotch flavours, complex and deep. Grown at Bay View, the 2003 is a single-vineyard wine, based on the Bernard 95 clone of Chardonnay, from Burgundy. Low-cropped, whole-bunch pressed, fermented and lees-aged for 10 months in French oak barriques (half new), and given a full malolactic fermentation, it's a concentrated, tightly structured wine, mouthfilling (14 per cent alcohol), with fresh acids underpinning its rich, citrusy, peachy, limey, biscuity flavours. A classy, refined wine, it's worth cellaring to 2006+.
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Michael Cooper (2002 Vintage) says
Since 1994, this has emerged as one of the most distinguished Chardonnays in Hawke's Bay. It is typically grown in several vineyards and fermented in French oak barriques (60 per cent new). There was no 2001 vintage, because the vineyard block designated to supply grapes for the Reserve Chardonnay was severely hit by frost. Pale yellow, the 2002 vintage is a beauty - highly fragrant and softly structured, with substantial body (14.5 per cent alcohol), gentle acidity and layers of peach, grapefruit and butterscotch flavours, complex and deep.
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James Halliday (1998 Vintage) says
Medium to full yellow-green; the oak is quite assertive on the bouquet, although some fruit is there. The fruit fights back to a degree on the palate with a mix of melon and cashew malolactic fermentation inputs. I have endeavoured to restrain my personal prejudices allotting points for the wine.
Australian Wine Companion 2001 2001
89
James Halliday (1996 Vintage) says
Medium yellow-green; a powerful and complex bouquet driven by the barrel- ferment and malolactic-ferment inputs is followed by a solidly constructed, well-balanced palate with peach and ripe fig fruit; soft finish.
Australian Wine Companion 1999 1998
88
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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