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Melness Chardonnay

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Melness Chardonnay

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Michael Cooper (2003 Vintage) says
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Michael Cooper (2002 Vintage) says
Grown at the Melness home vineyard and two other North Canterbury sites, the golden, honeyed 2002 vintage shows a clear botrytis influence, giving the impression of slight sweetness. French oak-fermented, it's a full-bodied, peachy and toasty wine for current consumption. The 2003 is pale gold, mouthfilling and creamy, with peach, butterscotch and slight honey flavours showing good depth.
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Michael Cooper (2001 Vintage) says
Buyer's Guide to New Zealand Wines
Michael Cooper (2000 Vintage) says
The 2000 vintage is a mouthfilling Canterbury wine with a rich, oaky nose. Barrel-fermented and oak-aged for nine months, it offers slightly savoury, vibrant, grapefruit-like flavours, with a strong wood influence and crisp, lingering, nutty finish
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Michael Cooper (1999 Vintage) says
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Michael Cooper (1998 Vintage) says
The 1998 Chardonnay from this small Canterbury winery is a blend of Marlborough (75 per cent) and Canterbury grapes, fermented and matured for a year in oak casks. It's a characterful wine with a rich, toasty bouquet. The palate is mouthfilling, with strong, peachy flavours, a hint of butterscotch and a sliver of sweetness (just under 5 grams/litre) that rounds out the finish and gives it an easy-drinking appeal.
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Michael Cooper (1997 Vintage) says
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Michael Cooper (1996 Vintage) says
The 1995 Chardonnay from this small Canterbury winery is light gold, with a slightly honied nose and palate. Based entirely on Canterbury fruit and barrel-fermented, it is weighty and full-flavoured, but clearly overshadowed by the 1996 vintage , blended from Canterbury and Marlborough grapes. The '96 is a big, rather Burgundian wine, pale straw, with a very inviting, mealy, nutty fragrance. It's a complex, broad, subtle wine, with excellent flavour depth and good acid spine, best opened 1998-99.
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Michael Cooper (1995 Vintage) says
The 1995 Chardonnay from this small Canterbury winery is light gold, with a slightly honied nose and palate. Based entirely on Canterbury fruit and barrel-fermented, it is weighty and full-flavoured, but clearly overshadowed by the 1996 vintage , blended from Canterbury and Marlborough grapes. The '96 is a big, rather Burgundian wine, pale straw, with a very inviting, mealy, nutty fragrance. It's a complex, broad, subtle wine, with excellent flavour depth and good acid spine, best opened 1998-99.
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