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Foxes Island Pinot Noir

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Foxes Island Pinot Noir

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Michael Cooper (2002 Vintage) says
Showing significant quality advances in recent vintages, John Belsham's Marlborough red is grown in the 'Home Block' at Rapaura and matured in French oak barriques (60 per cent new), 'the elegant, full-coloured 2002 vintage has a fragrant, gently oaked bouquet. It's a mouthfilling (14 per cent alcohol), graceful wine with smooth, ripe cherry, plum, raspberry and spice flavours, finely balanced and supple. An elegant wine with good complexity, it offers excellent drinking now to 2006.
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Michael Cooper (2001 Vintage) says
Showing significant quality advances in recent vintages, John Belsham's Marlborough red is grown in the 'Home Block' at Rapaura and matured in French oak barriques (60 per cent new). The 2001 has excellent concentration, ripeness and complexity. A very graceful wine with full, bright colour and a fragrant, smoky bouquet, it possesses strong, sweet, cherry and plum fruit flavours, finely balanced oak and a solid foundation of tannin.
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Michael Cooper (2000 Vintage) says
John Belsham's Marlborough red is in great form from the 2000 vintage. Matured in French oak barriques (50 per cent new), it is promisingly deep in colour, full-bodied, concentrated and warm, with sweet-fruit delights and rich, plummy, spicy flavours. Complex and supple, it is a beautifully proportioned wine, for drinking now or cellaring.
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Michael Cooper (1999 Vintage) says
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Michael Cooper (1998 Vintage) says
John Belsham's Marlborough red has generally lived in the shadow of its Chardonnay stablemate, but the 1998 vintage is the finest yet. Oak-aged for 10 months, it shows good colour depth, with a complex, savoury, spicy bouquet. Drinking well now, it's a rich, mouthfilling wine, firm yet supple, with strong, sweet cherry/raspberry fruit flavours wrapped in quality French oak.
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James Halliday (1997 Vintage) says
Medium red headed to tawny; a complex bouquet with sappy spicy berry aromas is followed by a palate which does not have a lot of weight, although the sappy flavours and structure will appeal to some.
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Michael Cooper (1997 Vintage) says
John Belsham's Marlborough red generally lives in the shadow of its Chardonnay stablemate, but the 1997 vintage is markedly better than the fading 1996 Matured for 10 months in French oak casks (30 per cent new), it's a fairly complex style, not intense but attractive, with good body and depth of cherryish, plummy, slightly earthy flavours. Drink now onwards.
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Michael Cooper (1996 Vintage) says
John Belsham's Marlborough red generally lives in the shadow of its Chardonnay stablemate, but the 1997 vintage is markedly better than the fading 1996 Matured for 10 months in French oak casks (30 per cent new), it's a fairly complex style, not intense but attractive, with good body and depth of cherryish, plummy, slightly earthy flavours. Drink now onwards.
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