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Matakana Estate Semillon

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Matakana Estate Semillon

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Michael Cooper (2003 Vintage) says
Semillon is a variety 'we have a real passion for,' say the proprietors. The 2002 vintage shows good potential, with well-ripened fruit characters and powerful, toasty oak aromas and flavours. The 2003 is a moderately ripe-tasting wine but shows good depth of citrusy, gently herbaceous flavour, with well-integrated oak
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Michael Cooper (2002 Vintage) says
Semillon is a variety 'we have a real passion for', say the proprietors. The 2000 vintage was partly (28 per cent, to be precise) fermented and matured for seven months in French oak barriques (half new); the rest was handled in tanks, with some lees-aging. It has a broad, rounded palate, with ripe tropical-fruit flavours, delicate herbal characters, a touch of oak/lees-aging complexity and good varietal definition. The 2002 shows good potential, with well-ripened fruit characters and powerful, toasty oak aromas and flavours. It needs time to achieve a better balance between fruit and oak; open mid-2004+.
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Michael Cooper (2000 Vintage) says
Semillon is a variety 'we have a real passion for', say the proprietors of this winery north of Auckland. The 2000 vintage was partly (28 per cent, to be precise) fermented and matured for seven months in French oak barriques (half new); the rest was handled in tanks, with some lees-aging. Drinking well now, it has a broad, rounded palate, with ripe tropical fruit flavours, delicate herbal characters, a touch of oak/lees-aging complexity and good varietal definition.
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Michael Cooper (1999 Vintage) says
Semillon is a variety 'we have a real passion for', say the proprietors of this new winery north of Auckland. The 1999 vintage was one-third fermented and matured in French oak barriques (mainly new); the rest was handled in tanks, with some lees-aging. Light lemon/green, with zippy, herbaceous aromas, it's a tangy wine with lemon and cut-grass flavours, a touch of complexity and good freshness and vigour. Worth cellaring.
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Michael Cooper (1998 Vintage) says
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