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Matua Valley Ararimu Chardonnay

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Matua Valley Ararimu Chardonnay

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Michael Cooper (2009 Vintage) says
Ararimu ('Path to the Forest') is Matua Valley's premier Chardonnay. It is usually based on low-cropped, hand-picked grapes at Judd Estate in Gisborne, and fermented and lees-aged in French oak casks. The youthful, savoury 2009 vintage has a fragrant, toasty, buttery, oaky bouquet. Full-bodied, it possesses strong, ripe peach and grapefruit flavours, with gentle acidity, and excellent complexity and harmony. Best drinking mid-2012+.
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Michael Cooper (2007 Vintage) says
Ararimu ('path to the forest') is Matua Valley's premier Chardonnay. It is usually based on low-cropped, hand-picked grapes at Judd Estate in Gisborne, and fermented and matured, with regular lees-stirring, in French oak barriques (55 per cent new in 2007). Already delicious, the 2007 vintage is fragrant, complex, rich and rounded. It's a very harmonious wine, concentrated, nutty and creamy, with a long finish.
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Michael Cooper (2003 Vintage) says
Ararimu ('path to the forest') is Matua Valley's premier Chardonnay, as its price stresses. It is usually - but not always - based on low-cropped, hand-picked grapes (mostly clone 15) at Judd Estate in Gisborne, and fermented and matured, with regular lees-stirring, in French (mostly) and American oak barriques (42 per cent new in 2003). A subtle, elegant wine, unfolding well, the 2002 vintage is fresh and tightly structured, with grapefruit-like aromas and flavours, mealy, barrel-ferment complexities and finely integrated oak. The 2003 is a stylish, mouthfilling and complex wine with ripe tropical-fruit, butterscotch and toasty oak flavours that build to a rich, sustained finish.
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Michael Cooper (2002 Vintage) says
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Michael Cooper (2001 Vintage) says
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Michael Cooper (2000 Vintage) says
This is Matua Valley's premier Chardonnay, as its price underlines. The 2000 vintage is based on low-cropping vines (all clone 15) in the Judd Estate vineyard in Gisborne. Hand-harvested, it was whole-bunch pressed and matured, with regular lees-stirring, for 11 months in new French and American oak barriques. Gorgeous already, it's a youthful, very classy wine, softly textured and beautifully harmonious, with highly concentrated, citrusy, peachy flavours wrapped in quality oak. One of the finest Ararimu Chardonnays yet.
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Michael Cooper (1999 Vintage) says
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Michael Cooper (1998 Vintage) says
This is Matua Valley's premier Chardonnay, as its price of $38 underlines. The 1991 to 1994 vintages were grown in various regions (Auckland, Gisborne and Hawke's Bay) and the label did not appear from 1995 or 1996. The 1993 based on Waimauku, estate-grown fruit, is magnificently concentrated, lush and soft, overshadowing the other early releases. The 1997 a blend of Waimauku (principally) and Hawke's Bay grapes, is a voluptuous wine, beautifully scented, with intense, very ripe citrus/fig characters and a soft, creamy texture. Still very youthful, the 1998 grown in the Judd Estate at Gisborne, is also notably fat, rich and soft, with deep flavours of grapefruit and nutty, mealy complexities
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Michael Cooper (1997 Vintage) says
This is Matua Valley's premier Chardonnay, as its price of $38 underlines. The 1991 to 1994 vintages were grown in various regions (Auckland, Gisborne and Hawke's Bay) and the label did not appear from 1995 or 1996. The 1993 based on Waimauku, estate-grown fruit, is magnificently concentrated, lush and soft, overshadowing the other early releases. The 1997 a blend of Waimauku (principally) and Hawke's Bay grapes, is a voluptuous wine, beautifully scented, with intense, very ripe citrus/fig characters and a soft, creamy texture. Still very youthful, the 1998 grown in the Judd Estate at Gisborne, is also notably fat, rich and soft, with deep flavours of grapefruit and nutty, mealy complexities
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Michael Cooper (1996 Vintage) says
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Michael Cooper (1995 Vintage) says
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Michael Cooper (1994 Vintage) says
If you like fleshy, bold-flavoured, upfront Chardonnays, you'll adore this wine. Grown in the Judd vineyard at Gisborne, barrique-fermented and aged for 10 months, the 1994 vintage was a taste sensation in its youth - a fat, very mouthfilling style with a delicious depth of flavour showcasing intense, citrusy fruit, deftly overlaid with oak/lees characters. At over three years old, it generates less excitement, but is still highly enjoyable, with plenty of flavour and a softening finish. The 1996 vintage was estate-grown at Waimauku (like the '93) and given a full, softening malolactic fermentation. Tasted as a barrel sample, it was a relatively refined and restrained Ararimu; an elegant, citrusy, savoury, tight, full-flavoured wine, full of promise.
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Michael Cooper (1993 Vintage) says
If you like fleshy, bold-flavoured, upfront Chardonnays, you'll adore this wine. Grown in the Judd vineyard at Gisborne, barrique-fermented and aged for 10 months, the 1994 vintage was a taste sensation in its youth - a fat, very mouthfilling style with a delicious depth of flavour showcasing intense, citrusy fruit, deftly overlaid with oak/lees characters. At over three years old, it generates less excitement, but is still highly enjoyable, with plenty of flavour and a softening finish. The 1996 vintage was estate-grown at Waimauku (like the '93) and given a full, softening malolactic fermentation. Tasted as a barrel sample, it was a relatively refined and restrained Ararimu; an elegant, citrusy, savoury, tight, full-flavoured wine, full of promise.
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Michael Cooper (1992 Vintage) says
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Michael Cooper (1991 Vintage) says
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