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Forrest Estate Marlborough Chardonnay

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Forrest Estate Marlborough Chardonnay

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Nick Stock (2009 Vintage) says
Expressive, fruit-forward aromas of ripe melon and stone-fruits, with plenty of lemon curd and creamy nuance from lees contact. Soft spices, cashewy oak and a super-energetic, lemony acid line.
Good Wine Guide 2013
91
WINESTATE (2008 Vintage) says
Winestate Magazine, Mar/Apr 2012
Michael Cooper (2006 Vintage) says
John Forrest favours a gently oaked style, looking to very ripe grapes and extended lees-aging to give his wine character. The 2006 vintage was half tank-fermented; the rest was fermented and lees-aged for 10 months in French and American oak casks, with a softening malolactic fermentation. An elegant, cool-climate style with mouthfilling body, strong, ripe grapefruit-like flavours and a gentle seasoning of oak, it is finely balanced and building up good complexity with bottle-age.
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Michael Cooper (2005 Vintage) says
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Michael Cooper (2004 Vintage) says
John Forrest favours a gently oaked style, looking to very ripe grapes and extended lees-aging to give his wine character. The 2004 vintage was 50 per cent wood-aged (in French and American oak casks); the rest was handled in tanks. The bouquet is slightly biscuity and mealy; the palate is smooth and creamy, with fresh, peachy, buttery flavours and good texture. Very easy to enjoy.
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Michael Cooper (2002 Vintage) says
John Forrest favours a gently oaked style, looking to very ripe grapes and extended lees-aging to give his wine character. The 2002 vintage was 50 per cent wood-aged (in French and American oak casks); the rest was handled in tanks. Stylish and finely balanced, it offers vibrant, citrusy flavours of moderate intensity, well-integrated oak, some mealy complexity and good length.
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Michael Cooper (2001 Vintage) says
John Forrest favours a gently oaked style, looking to very ripe Marlborough grapes and extended lees-aging to give his wine character. The 2001 vintage was 50 per cent wood-aged (in French and American oak); the rest was handled in tanks. An easy-drinking style, it has substantial body (14.5 percent alcohol), a hint of butterscotch and strong, citrusy flavours, fresh and smooth. A moderately complex style with excellent depth and harmony, it should mature well.
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Michael Cooper (2000 Vintage) says
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Michael Cooper (1999 Vintage) says
John Forrest favours a gently oaked style of Chardonnay to keep the focus on pure, vibrant fruit flavours, but looks to very ripe Marlborough fruit and extended lees-aging to give his wine character. The refined 1996 vintage matured superbly. The 1998 vintage is deliciously mouthfilling and poised, with greater complexity than earlier vintages and excellent depth of ripe, slightly creamy and harmonious flavour. The 1999 25 per cent oak-matured, is weighty and smooth, with lemony, appley, slightly nutty flavours and a crisp, lively finish. Judging from past experience, it will reach its peak at two to four years old.
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Michael Cooper (1998 Vintage) says
John Forrest flavours a gently oaked style of Chardonnay to keep the focus on pure, vibrant fruit flavours, but looks to very ripe Marlborough fruit and extended lees-aging to give his wine character. The refined 1996 vintage is maturing superbly; it's a lovely mouthful right now. Still fresh and crisp, the 1997 offers strong, vibrant, citrusy flavours and subtle oak (25 per cent was barrel-fermented and lees-aged; the rest was handled in tanks.) The 1998 vintage is deliciously mouthfilling, fresh and poised, with greater complexity than past vintages and excellent depth of ripe, slightly creamy and harmonious flavour
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James Halliday (1997 Vintage) says
Medium yellow-green; the oak comes rocketing through on the bouquet and also on the palate; however, the wine is greatly helped by good acidity, which picks up the fruit and which gives length.
Australian Wine Companion 2000 1999
85
Michael Cooper (1997 Vintage) says
John Forrest flavours a gently oaked style of Chardonnay to keep the focus on pure, vibrant fruit flavours, but looks to very ripe Marlborough fruit and extended lees-aging to give his wine character. The refined 1996 vintage is maturing superbly; it's a lovely mouthful right now. Still fresh and crisp, the 1997 offers strong, vibrant, citrusy flavours and subtle oak (25 per cent was barrel-fermented and lees-aged; the rest was handled in tanks.) The 1998 vintage is deliciously mouthfilling, fresh and poised, with greater complexity than past vintages and excellent depth of ripe, slightly creamy and harmonious flavour
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Michael Cooper (1996 Vintage) says
John Forrest flavours a gently oaked style of Chardonnay to keep the focus on pure, vibrant fruit flavours, but looks to very ripe Marlborough fruit and extended lees-aging to give his wine character. The refined 1996 vintage is maturing superbly; it's a lovely mouthful right now. Still fresh and crisp, the 1997 offers strong, vibrant, citrusy flavours and subtle oak (25 per cent was barrel-fermented and lees-aged; the rest was handled in tanks.) The 1998 vintage is deliciously mouthfilling, fresh and poised, with greater complexity than past vintages and excellent depth of ripe, slightly creamy and harmonious flavour
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Michael Cooper (1995 Vintage) says
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Michael Cooper (1994 Vintage) says
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