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Fromm Clayvin Vineyard Chardonnay

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Fromm Clayvin Vineyard Chardonnay

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Michael Cooper (2010 Vintage) says
Very beautiful, delicate, refined wine from mature vines in the upper Brancott Valley. Matured in seasoned Frech oak barriques, it is youthful and sweet-fruited, with deep grapefuit/nut flavours in a minerally, notably elegant style, long and tight. It should flourish for a decade.
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Michael Cooper (2007 Vintage) says
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Michael Cooper (2004 Vintage) says
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Michael Cooper (2003 Vintage) says
Fromm's premier Chardonnay, grown on the southern flanks of the Wairau Valley, was previously labelled La Strada Reserve, but since the 2001 vintage has been called Clayvin Vineyard (the clay soils, says winemaker Hatsch Kalberer, give 'a less fruity, more minerally and tighter character'). Tasted in 2005, the 1996 vintage revealed exceptional weight, power and longevity. The pale lemon/green 2003 vintage is steely and intense. Fermented with indigenous yeasts and matured for 16 months in French oak barriques (none new), it is very youthful and fresh, with citrusy, slightly biscuity, almost floral aromas. The palate is crisp and bone-dry, with racy acidity and deep grapefruit and slightly toasty flavours, minerally and flinty. A strong candidate for cellaring.
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Michael Cooper (2000 Vintage) says
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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
Fromm's premier Chardonnay, grown on the southern flanks of the Wairau Valley, was previously labelled La Strada Reserve, but since the 2001 vintage has been called Clayvin Vineyard (the clay soils, says winemaker Hatsch Kalberer, give 'a less fruity, more minerally and tighter character'). Tasted in 2005, the 1996 vintage revealed exceptional weight, power and longevity. The pale lemon/green 2003 vintage is steely and intense. Fermented with indigenous yeasts and matured for 16 months in French oak barriques (none new), it is very youthful and fresh, with citrusy, slightly biscuity, almost floral aromas. The palate is crisp and bone-dry, with racy acidity and deep grapefruit and slightly toasty flavours, minerally and flinty. A strong candidate for cellaring.
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