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Matariki Reserve Chardonnay

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Matariki Reserve Chardonnay

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Michael Cooper (2007 Vintage) says
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Michael Cooper (2006 Vintage) says
this often outstanding Hawke's Bay wine is grown at the company's sites in the Gimblett Gravels and at Te Mata Peak (see above) and fermented (partly with indigenous yeasts) in French oak barriques (92 percent new in 2006). The 2006 vintage has a fragrant, citrusy, biscuity bouquet. Mouthfilling and slightly creamy, it is very refined, with a core of ripe grapefruit-like flavours, hints of butterscotch and toasty oak, and excellent richness and elegance.
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Michael Cooper (2005 Vintage) says
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Michael Cooper (2004 Vintage) says
This Hawke's Bay wine is grown at the company's sites in the Gimblett Gravels and at Te Mata Peak (see above) and fermented (partly with indigenous yeasts) in predominantly new (90 per cent in 2004) French oak barriques. The 2004 vintage is a finely textured wine with a creamy, complex bouquet. Fleshy and smooth, with beautifully ripe, tropical-fruit flavours and well-integrated, toasty oak, it is impressively powerful, rich and harmonious.
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Michael Cooper (2002 Vintage) says
This Hawke's Bay wine is grown at the company's sites in the Gimblett Gravels and at Te Mata Peak (see above) and fermented (partly with indigenous yeasts) in predominantly new (90 per cent in 2002) French oak barriques. The youthful, lemon-hued 2002 vintage is a crisp, slightly minerally wine with grapefruit and ripe-herb flavours showing excellent complexity and richness.
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Michael Cooper (2001 Vintage) says
This Hawke's Bay wine is grown at Gimblett Road and Te Mata Peak (see above) and fermented (partly with indigenous yeasts) in all-new French oak barriques. Bright, medium yellow, the 2001 vintage is a high-flavoured wine with grapefruit and slight honey characters, toasty oak and fresh acid spine, but slightly less rich, ripe and rounded than the 2000.
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Michael Cooper (2000 Vintage) says
The tight, youthful 2000 vintage of this Hawke's Bay wine was grown at Gimblett Road and Te Mata Peak (see above) and fermented (partly with indigenous yeasts) in all-new French oak barriques. Revealing a rich, oaky bouquet of high intensity, it is a bold wine with grapefruit, peach and nut flavours, a hint of butterscotch and excellent concentration. Intense, minerally and complex, it's maturing very gracefully; open 2003+.
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