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Fairhall Downs Marlborough Pinot Noir

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Fairhall Downs Marlborough Pinot Noir

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Michael Cooper (2003 Vintage) says
Grown in the Brancott Valley, the 2002 vintage is a powerful, generous red with rich plum/spice flavours seasoned with toasty oak. It's a full-bodied wine with sweet fruit characters, some earthy, truffley complexities and a strong, charred oak influence. The 2003 was less impressive in its youth. Matured for a year in French oak casks (new and seasoned), it has mouthfilling body and smooth raspberry/plum flavours showing some complexity, but lacks the richness of the 2002.
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Michael Cooper (2002 Vintage) says
Grown in the Brancott Valley, the 2001 vintage is a fine debut - mouthfilling, warm, cherryish, plummy and savoury, with plenty of spicy oak, good complexity and fairly firm tannins. The 2002 is full-coloured, with raspberry, cherry and spice flavours in a moderately complex style with some savoury, nutty oak and a firm, slightly chewy finish. It's less compelling than the 2001, but still developing; open 2005+.
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Michael Cooper (2001 Vintage) says
Grown in the Brancott Valley, the 2001 vintage is an excellent debut and clearly superior to most of the region's reds. Promisingly full in colour, it is mouthfilling (14 per cent alcohol), warm, cherryish, plummy and savoury, with plenty of spicy oak in evidence, good complexity and fairly firm tannins. Best drinking 2004+.
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