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Esk Valley Reserve Merlot Malbec Cabernet

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Esk Valley Reserve Merlot Malbec Cabernet

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Michael Cooper (2002 Vintage) says
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Michael Cooper (2001 Vintage) says
Dark, vibrantly fruity and bursting with ripe, sweet-tasting blackcurrant, plum and French oak flavours, this is one of the country's classiest claret-style reds. Its superb quality, even in cooler years, makes it an important signpost to the future of Hawke's Bay reds. Since 1995, the grapes have come largely 'off the stones' - the company-owned Ngakirikiri vineyard, near Gimblett Road, and neighbouring sites. The fermenting juice is hand-plunged and the wine is matured for a long period in French oak barriques (new and one-year-old). The 2001 vintage labelled Merlot Cabernet (no Malbec), is a densely coloured, generous red with warm blackcurrant, spice and oak flavours showing great intensity, sweet-fruit characters and ripe tannins in a deliciously soft, forward style. The 2002 is a blend of Merlot (58 per cent), Cabernet Sauvignon (27 per cent), Malbec (13 per cent) and Cabernet Franc (2 per cent). Tasted as a barrel sample (and so not rated), it was inky-black, with super-charged flavour
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Michael Cooper (2000 Vintage) says
Dark, vibrantly fruity and bursting with ripe, sweet-tasting blackcurrant, plum and French oak flavours, this is one of the country's classiest claret-style reds. Its superb quality, even in cooler years, makes it an important signpost to the future of Hawke's Bay reds. Since 1995, the grapes have come largely 'off the stones' - the company-owned Ngakirikiri vineyard, near Gimblett Road, and neighbouring sites. The fermenting juice is hand-plunged and the wine is matured for a long period in French oak barriques (new and one-year-old). The 2000 vintage, based on very low-cropped, 10 to 12-year-old vines, was blended principally from Merlot (60 per cent), with smaller portions of Cabernet Sauvignon (21 per cent) and Malbec (19 per cent), and was barrel-aged for 17 months. Boldly coloured, sweet-fruited and overflowing with cassis, plum and spice flavours, it has easily lapped up the new French oak. A highly complex wine, rich and firmly structured, it's sure to mature well; open 2004.
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Michael Cooper (1999 Vintage) says
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Michael Cooper (1998 Vintage) says
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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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