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Hyperion Helios Chardonnay

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Hyperion Helios Chardonnay

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Michael Cooper (2004 Vintage) says
The 2004 vintage of this Matakana wine was estate-grown, hand-picked, whole-bunch pressed and fermented and lees-aged for five months in oak casks. Pale yellow, with strong, toasty oak aromas, it has ripe, peachy, stone-fruit flavours, slightly honeyed and rich. Fleshy, with some complexity, it's a forward style, already drinking well.
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Michael Cooper (2003 Vintage) says
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Michael Cooper (2002 Vintage) says
The 2002 vintage of this Matakana wine was hand-picked, whole-bunch pressed and fermented and lees-aged for six months in French oak casks. It's a substantial wine (14 per cent alcohol) with ripe, peachy, toasty flavours and a slightly honeyed finish. Drink now onwards.
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Michael Cooper (2001 Vintage) says
The 2001 vintage of this Matakana wine was hand-picked, whole-bunch pressed and fermented and lees-aged for six months in French and American oak casks. Light gold, ripe and rounded, it offers slightly honeyed, stone-fruit and toasty oak flavours, showing some richness and complexity, and good weight. A forward vintage, for drinking now onwards.
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Michael Cooper (2000 Vintage) says
The 2001 vintage of this Matakana wine was hand-picked, whole-bunch pressed and fermented and lees-aged for six months in French and American oak casks. Light gold, ripe and rounded, it offers slightly honeyed, stone-fruit and toasty oak flavours, showing some richness and complexity, and good weight. A forward vintage, for drinking now onwards.
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Michael Cooper (1999 Vintage) says
The strongly wood-influenced 1998 vintage of this Matakana wine was hand-harvested, whole-bunch pressed and fermented in new French and American oak barriques. It shows ripe citrus/melon characters on the nose and palate, overlaid with rich, biscuity oak in a mouthfilling, flavoursome style with a smooth finish. However, the barrique-fermented, lees-aged 1999 is dull, lacking freshness on the nose and palate.
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Michael Cooper (1998 Vintage) says
It needs time, but the strongly oak-influenced 1998 vintage of this Matakana wine should mature well. Hand-harvested, whole-bunch pressed and fermented in new French and American oak barriques, it shows well-ripened citrus/melon fruit characters on the nose and palate, overlaid with rich, biscuity oak. Mouthfilling, clean and flavoursome, with a smooth finish, it's worth cellaring for a year or two.
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