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Kim Crawford Pia Chardonnay

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Kim Crawford Pia Chardonnay

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Michael Cooper (2000 Vintage) says
Named after winemaker Kim Crawford's daughter, this is designed as an oak-aged dry white of varying regions and varieties, depending on the vintage. The 1999 vintage was lush and full of character in its youth, with loads of peachy, buttery flavour, but is now tired and past its best. The 2000 is a Hawke's Bay Chardonnay, grown at Te Awanga, fermented with natural yeasts and matured on its yeast lees for 11 months in one-year-old American oak barrels. Light yellow, it's a full-bodied, fairly complex wine with plenty of citrusy, biscuity, slightly buttery flavour, but pricey at $35.
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Michael Cooper (1999 Vintage) says
Named after winemaker Kim Crawford's daughter, this is designed as an oak-aged dry white of varying regions and varieties, depending on the vintage. The 1998 vintage is entirely Chardonnay-based. Grown in Hawke's Bay (two-thirds) and Gisborne, barrel-fermented and lees-aged for 10 months, with weekly batonnage (lees-stirring), it's an assertively wooded wine, but full of character. A powerful, upfront style with lashings of toasty oak on the nose, it's lush and mouthfilling, with generous, ripe stonefruit flavours and a creamy-rich finish. The 1999 is again toasty and high-flavoured, with ripe grapefruit/melon flavours, mealy complexities, balanced acidity and a rich finish.
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Michael Cooper (1998 Vintage) says
Named after winemaker Kim Crawford's daughter, this is designed as an oak-aged dry white of varying regions and varieties, depending on the vintage. The 1998 vintage is entirely Chardonnay-based. Grown in Hawke's Bay (two-thirds) and Gisborne, barrel-fermented and lees-aged for 10 months, with weekly batonnage (lees-stirring), it's an assertively wooded wine, but full of character. A powerful, upfront style with lashings of toasty oak on the nose, it's lush and mouthfilling, with generous, ripe stonefruit flavours and a creamy-rich finish. The 1999 is again toasty and high-flavoured, with ripe grapefruit/melon flavours, mealy complexities, balanced acidity and a rich finish.
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