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Kaituna Valley Marlborough The Awatere Vineyard Chardonnay

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Kaituna Valley Marlborough The Awatere Vineyard Chardonnay

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Michael Cooper (2003 Vintage) says
Grown in the Awatere Valley and fermented and matured for a year in French oak barriques, at its best this is a classy wine with great drinkability. The 2003 vintage, however, is less impressive - light and restrained, and lacking its usual complexity and richness.
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Michael Cooper (2002 Vintage) says
Grown in Grant and Helen Whelan's vineyard in the Awatere Valley and fermented and matured for a year in French oak barriques (50 per cent new), the 2000 is a classy wine, smooth, mouthfilling and notably harmonious, with deep grapefruit and stone-fruit flavours, a strong seasoning of toasty oak and rounded acidity. For sheer drinkability, it scores 10 out of 10, and the 2001 vintage is a repeat performance. Light yellow/green in hue, it is richly fragrant, with deep, vibrant citrus and stone-fruit flavours, biscuity oak and a smooth, well-rounded finish. The 2002 tasted soon after bottling, is full-bodied (13.9 per cent alcohol) and vibrant, with fresh acidity, ripe, peachy, citrusy flavours shining through, slight mineral and butterscotch characters and a bone-dry finish. Drink mid-2004+.
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Michael Cooper (2001 Vintage) says
Grown in Grant and Helen Whelan's vineyard in the Awatere Valley and fermented and matured for a year in French oak barriques (50 per cent new), the 2000 is a classy wine, smooth, mouthfilling and notably harmonious, with deep grapefruit and stonefruit flavours, a strong seasoning of toasty oak and rounded acidity. For sheer drinkability, it scores 10 out of 10, and the 2001 vintage is a repeat performance. Light yellow/green in hue, it is richly fragrant, with deep, vibrant citrus and stone-fruit flavours, biscuity oak and a smooth, well-rounded finish.
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Michael Cooper (2000 Vintage) says
Grown in Grant and Helen Whelan's vineyard in the Awatere Valley and fermented and matured for a year in French oak barriques (50 per cent new), the 2000 is a classy wine, smooth, mouthfilling and notably harmonious, with deep grapefruit and stonefruit flavours, a strong seasoning of toasty oak and rounded acidity. For sheer drinkability, it scores 10 out of 10, and the 2001 vintage is a repeat performance. Light yellow/green in hue, it is richly fragrant, with deep, vibrant citrus and stone-fruit flavours, biscuity oak and a smooth, well-rounded finish.
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