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Montana Reserve Marlborough Chardonnay

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Montana Reserve Marlborough Chardonnay

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Michael Cooper (2003 Vintage) says
A proven winner. The smooth, harmonious and deliciously full-flavoured 2000 won the Best Buy of the Year Award in the 2002 Buyer's Guide. Grown in Allied Domecq's Renwick Estate and Brancott Estate vineyards, the 2003 vintage was fermented and lees-aged for nine months in French and American oak barriques (30 per cent new), with 25 per cent malolactic fermentation. It's an upfront, moderately complex wine, fleshy and sweetly oaked, with grapefruit, apple and butterscotch flavours, smooth and creamy. Most vintages have matured well.
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Michael Cooper (2002 Vintage) says
A proven winner. The 1996 vintage rocketed off shelves in late 1997 after winning a Best White Wine of the Year trophy at the International Wine Challenge in London - an award reserved for fine-quality wines that must also be readily available and sharply priced. Then the smooth, harmonious and deliciously full-flavoured 2000 won the Best Buy of the Year Award in the Buyer's Guide. Grown in Montana's Renwick and Brancott Vineyards, the wine is predominantly fermented and lees-aged for nine months in French and American oak barriques (22 per cent new in 2002). Already delicious, the 2002 vintage is fleshy and skilfully balanced, with loads of citrusy, toasty flavour, attractive mealy notes and a creamy-smooth finish. It's an upfront style, but matures well.
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Michael Cooper (2001 Vintage) says
A proven winner. The 1996 vintage rocketed off shelves in late 1997 after winning a Best White Wine of the Year trophy at the International Wine Challenge in London - an award reserved for fine quality wines that must also be readily available and sharply priced. Then the smooth, harmonious and deliciously full-flavoured 2000 won the Best Buy of the Year Award in last year's Buyer's Guide. Grown in Montana's Renwick and Brancott Vineyards, the wine is predominantly fermented and lees-aged for nine months in French and American oak barriques (30 per cent new); 10 per cent is handled in stainless steel tanks. Already delicious, the 2001 vintage is a full-flavoured, upfront style with good complexity. Fragrant, with sweet oak aromas, it is full-bodied, with loads of citrusy, toasty flavour, attractive mealy notes and a creamy-smooth finish.
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Michael Cooper (2000 Vintage) says
A proven winner. The 1996 vintage rocketed off shelves in late 1997 after winning a Best White Wine of the Year trophy at the International Wine Challenge in London - an award reserved for fine quality wines that must also be readily available and sharply priced. Then the smooth, harmonious and deliciously full-flavoured 2000 won the Best Buy of the Year Award in last year's Buyer's Guide. Grown in Montana's Renwick and Brancott Vineyards, the wine is predominantly fermented and lees-aged for nine months in French and American oak barriques (30 per cent new); 10 per cent is handled in stainless steel tanks. Already delicious, the 2001 vintage is a full-flavoured, upfront style with good complexity. Fragrant, with sweet oak aromas, it is full-bodied, with loads of citrusy, toasty flavour, attractive mealy notes and a creamy-smooth finish.
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Michael Cooper (1999 Vintage) says
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Michael Cooper (1998 Vintage) says
The debut 1996 vintage rocketed off shelves in late 1997 after winning a Best White Wine of the Year trophy at the International Wine Challenge in London - an award reserved for fine quality wines that must also be readily available and sharply priced. Matured in French and American oak casks (30 per cent new), the 1998 has strong upfront appeal, but past vintages have also matured well. Light lemon/green, with a rich, figgy, nutty fragrance, it's mouthfilling, concentrated and creamy on the palate, with rich citrus/apple flavours, perfectly balanced acidity and a slightly buttery, long finish.
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Michael Cooper (1997 Vintage) says
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Michael Cooper (1996 Vintage) says
The debut 1996 vintage rocketed off shelves in late 1997 after winning a Best White Wine of the Year trophy at the International Wine Challenge in London - an award reserved for fine quality wines that must also be readily available and sharply priced. Matured in French and American oak casks (30 per cent new), the 1998 has strong upfront appeal, but past vintages have also matured well. Light lemon/green, with a rich, figgy, nutty fragrance, it's mouthfilling, concentrated and creamy on the palate, with rich citrus/apple flavours, perfectly balanced acidity and a slightly buttery, long finish.
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