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Matua Valley Smith-Dartmoor Cabernet Sauvignon

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Matua Valley Smith-Dartmoor Cabernet Sauvignon

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Michael Cooper (1997 Vintage) says
At its best, a seductively rich and smooth Dartmoor Valley, Hawke's Bay red. Based entirely on Cabernet Sauvignon and matured for a year in one and two-year-old barriques, the 1997 vintage is a smooth, instantly likeable wine with full, bright colour, good weight and very good depth of spicy, plummy, minty, nutty flavour. It's not entirely free of herbaceousness, reflecting the cool growing season, but vibrantly fruity and flavoursome.
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Michael Cooper (1996 Vintage) says
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Michael Cooper (1995 Vintage) says
At its best, a seductively rich and smooth Dartmoor Valley, Hawke's Bay red. Deep-coloured and weighty, and distinctly voluptuous in its youth, it's always highly enjoyable, but in the past exhibited a leafy greenness that slightly detracted from its quality (although the '87, opened on its 10th birthday, had lasted the distance well, with leathery, herbal, spicy, complex flavours). The 1994 vintage is a classy wine with great drinkability. The blackcurrant-like, peppery fruit flavours are sweet and ripe, with an underlay of supple tannins. The '95 is already delirious. Matured for 17 months in French oak casks (new and one-year-old), it's a quite powerful and complex wine, full and well-rounded, with ripe, sustained cassis/plum flavours.
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Michael Cooper (1994 Vintage) says
At its best, a seductively rich and smooth Dartmoor Valley, Hawke's Bay red. Deep-coloured and weighty, and distinctly voluptuous in its youth, it's always highly enjoyable, but in the past exhibited a leafy greenness that slightly detracted from its quality (although the '87, opened on its 10th birthday, had lasted the distance well, with leathery, herbal, spicy, complex flavours). The 1994 vintage is a classy wine with great drinkability. The blackcurrant-like, peppery fruit flavours are sweet and ripe, with an underlay of supple tannins. The '95 is already delirious. Matured for 17 months in French oak casks (new and one-year-old), it's a quite powerful and complex wine, full and well-rounded, with ripe, sustained cassis/plum flavours.
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Michael Cooper (1993 Vintage) says
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Michael Cooper (1992 Vintage) says
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Michael Cooper (1991 Vintage) says
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Michael Cooper (1990 Vintage) says
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