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Kaituna Valley Canterbury The Kaituna Vineyard Chardonnay

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Kaituna Valley Canterbury The Kaituna Vineyard Chardonnay

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Michael Cooper (2006 Vintage) says
Grown on Banks Peninsula, this is a consistently characterful and enjoyable wine, priced right. The 2006 vintage was hand-picked and fermented and matured in French oak barriques (35 per cent new). Slightly creamy on the nose, it is crisp and very citrusy, slightly buttery and mealy, with good harmony and flavour depth.
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Michael Cooper (2004 Vintage) says
Grown on Banks Peninsula, this is a consistently characterful and enjoyable wine, priced right. The 2003 vintage is a slightly cheesy, strongly 'malo'-influenced wine with mouthfilling body, good depth of peach and grapefruit flavours, and a soft, creamy texture. Already delicious, the 2004 was harvested at 23.5 brix and fermented in French oak barriques (55 per cent new), with 70 per cent malolactic fermentation. Pale, with a mealy, oaky, fragrant bouquet, it is full-bodied, fresh and creamy, with excellent depth of ripe, citrusy, toasty flavour, sweet fruit delights and a rounded finish.
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Michael Cooper (2003 Vintage) says
Grown on Banks Peninsula, this is a consistently characterful and enjoyable wine, priced right. The 2003 vintage is a slightly cheesy, strongly 'malo'-influenced wine with mouthfilling body, good depth of peach and grapefruit flavours, and a soft, creamy texture. Already delicious, the 2004 was harvested at 23.5 brix and fermented in French oak barriques (55 per cent new), with 70 per cent malolactic fermentation. Pale, with a mealy, oaky, fragrant bouquet, it is full-bodied, fresh and creamy, with excellent depth of ripe, citrusy, toasty flavour, sweet fruit delights and a rounded finish.
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Michael Cooper (2002 Vintage) says
The rightly structured 2000 based on first-crop Banks Peninsula vines and fermented and matured for a year in French oak barriques (60 per cent), has concentrated grapefruit and nut flavours and a long, rounded, slightly buttery finish. Even finer, the 2001 vintage is a powerful wine with deep stone-fruit and butterscotch flavours seasoned with biscuity oak and firm underlying acidity. Tasted shortly after bottling, the 2002 is weighty and fresh, with sweet-fruit characters, rich, peachy, slightly toasty flavours and a finely balanced, bone-dry finish. This is clearly one of Canterbury's greatest Chardonnays.
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Michael Cooper (2001 Vintage) says
The tightly structured 2000 based on first-crop Banks Peninsula vines, was fermented and matured for a year in French oak barriques (60 per cent), with 70 per cent malolactic fermentation. The bouquet is biscuity and mealy; the palate is mouthfilling and ripe, with concentrated grapefruit and nut flavours and a long, rounded, slightly buttery finish. Even finer, the 2001 vintage is a powerful, still-youthful wine with deep stone-fruit and butterscotch flavours seasoned with biscuity oak and firm underlying acidity. Finely structured and immaculate, with a tautness and slight minerally character that sets it apart from its Marlborough stablemate (below), it's one of Canterbury's finest Chardonnays yet.
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Michael Cooper (2000 Vintage) says
The tightly structured 2000 based on first-crop Banks Peninsula vines, was fermented and matured for a year in French oak barriques (60 per cent), with 70 per cent malolactic fermentation. The bouquet is biscuity and mealy; the palate is mouthfilling and ripe, with concentrated grapefruit and nut flavours and a long, rounded, slightly buttery finish. Even finer, the 2001 vintage is a powerful, still-youthful wine with deep stone-fruit and butterscotch flavours seasoned with biscuity oak and firm underlying acidity. Finely structured and immaculate, with a tautness and slight minerally character that sets it apart from its Marlborough stablemate (below), it's one of Canterbury's finest Chardonnays yet.
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