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Mission Jewelstone Chardonnay

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Mission Jewelstone Chardonnay

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Michael Cooper (2002 Vintage) says
The 2000 vintage estate-grown at Greenmeadows, near Napier, was very complex and harmonious, and a great buy at under $30. Arguably Mission Estate Winery's greatest wine to date, the 2002 was grown further south, at Patangata, in the Tukituki Valley of Central Hawke's Bay, fermented and matured for nine months in French oak casks (45 per cent new), and given a full, softening malolactic fermentation. Beautifully scented, with highly concentrated grapefruit and stone-fruit flavours, buttery, oaky complexities, fresh acidity and a rich, rounded finish, it's a strikingly good, very refined wine that could easily justify a much higher price. Not to be missed.
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Michael Cooper (2001 Vintage) says
The 2000 vintage is a highly refined Hawke's Bay wine. Estate-grown at Green meadows and fermented with indigenous yeasts in two-year-old oak casks (to give La soft, subtle wine'), it offers deep, ripe grapefruit, pear and fig flavours, with a subtle oak influence and a deliciously smooth, creamy texture. Very complex and harmonious, it's a great buy at under $30. The 2001 was grown further south, at Patangata, fermented and matured for nine months in French oak casks (one-third new), and given a full, softening malolactic fermentation. Crisp, lemony, slightly appley and nutty, it's an elegant, subtle wine, flavoursome and creamy, with good weight. It needs time; open late 2003+.
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Michael Cooper (2000 Vintage) says
The 2000 vintage is a highly refined Hawke's Bay wine. Estate-grown at Green meadows and fermented with indigenous yeasts in two-year-old oak casks (to give La soft, subtle wine'), it offers deep, ripe grapefruit, pear and fig flavours, with a subtle oak influence and a deliciously smooth, creamy texture. Very complex and harmonious, it's a great buy at under $30. The 2001 was grown further south, at Patangata, fermented and matured for nine months in French oak casks (one-third new), and given a full, softening malolactic fermentation. Crisp, lemony, slightly appley and nutty, it's an elegant, subtle wine, flavoursome and creamy, with good weight. It needs time; open late 2003+.
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Michael Cooper (1998 Vintage) says
Mission's flagship label ranks among Hawke's Bay's finest Chardonnays. Concentrated and complex, the 1996 vintage was grown at Green meadows, whole-bunch pressed and fermented and matured for nine months in French oak casks (33 per cent new). A robust wine with strong, ripe citrusy flavours wrapped in buttery oak, mealy lees-aging characters and a long, finely structured finish, it's maturing well. There is no 1997. The softly mouthfilling 1998 is a fat, creamy-smooth wine with a nutty, mealy bouquet, very ripe, rounded fruit characters and considerable complexity. A gentle, harmonious wine, it's quite forward; drink 2000.
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James Halliday (1996 Vintage) says
Medium yellow-green; a well-balanced and composed bouquet of considerable complexity with attractive biscuity notes is followed by an elegant palate in which well-judged winemaker inputs into medium weight Chardonnay has produced a stylish drink.
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Michael Cooper (1996 Vintage) says
Mission Estate Winery's top-tier label has recently emerged as one of Hawke's Bay's top Chardonnays. The 1994 is an exceptional, very stylish and mouthfilling wine with a delicious, creamy texture. The '95, grown in the Chanel vineyard adjacent to the winery, was matured for eight months in oak (35 per cent new), with regular lees-stirring, and 75 per cent of the wine also underwent a softening malolactic fermentation. Pale, with appley, buttery aromas, it is slightly more restrained, less lush than previous vintages, but maturing well, offering nutty, complex flavours, creamy oak influence and a firm, well-structured, steely finish. The '96 was fermented in French oak casks (50 per cent new) and wood-matured for seven months. A tight, elegant wine, full-bodied, with elegant, savoury, citrusy, oaky flavours and a lingering finish, it should age extremely wed.
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Michael Cooper (1995 Vintage) says
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Michael Cooper (1994 Vintage) says
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Michael Cooper (1993 Vintage) says
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Michael Cooper (1992 Vintage) says
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