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Morton Estate Black Label Hawke's Bay Chardonnay

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Morton Estate Black Label Hawke's Bay Chardonnay

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Michael Cooper (2007 Vintage) says
Grown principally in the company's cool, elevated Riverview Vineyard at Mangatahi, this can be a very classy Chardonnay, although some recent releases did not achieve the standard of a decade ago. At its best, it's a powerful wine, robust and awash with flavour, yet also highly refined, with beautifully intense citrusy fruit, firm acid spine and the structure to flourish with age. It is fully barrel-fermented, and given the wine's concentrated fruit characters, the French oak barriques are 100 per cent new. The 2002 was the first to include fruit from Matapiro - over the river from Riverview. The 2007 vintage is the best since 2002: very elegant, sweet-fruited and finely poised, with rich grapefruit and nut flavours, a minerally thread, and a long, harmonious finish.
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Michael Cooper (2006 Vintage) says
Grown principally in the company's cool, elevated Riverview Vineyard at Mangatahi, this can be a very classy Chardonnay, although the latest releases have not quite achieved the standard of a decade ago. At its best, it's a powerful wine, robust and awash with flavour, yet also highly refined, with beautifully intense citrusy fruit, firm acid spine and the structure to flourish with age. It is fully barrel-fermented, and given the wine's concentrated fruit characters, the French oak barriques are 100 per cent new. The 2002 was the first to include fruit from Matapiro — over the river from Riverview. The 2006 vintage is pale straw and mouthfilling, with strong peach and grapefruit flavours, hints of honey and toast, and a slightly oily richness. It's a relatively forward vintage; drink now onwards.
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Michael Cooper (2005 Vintage) says
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Michael Cooper (2004 Vintage) says
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Michael Cooper (2002 Vintage) says
Grown at the company's cool, slightly elevated Riverview Vineyard at Mangatahi, this is one of the classiest of all New Zealand Chardonnays. It's typically a powerful wine, robust and awash with flavour, yet highly refined, with beautifully intense citrusy fruit, firm acid spine and the structure to flourish with age. It is fully barrel-fermented, and given the wine's concentrated fruit characters, the French oak barriques are 100 per cent new. The 2002 vintage is another classic. Beautifully fragrant, with fresh, ripe fruit aromas mingled with mealy, biscuity notes, it is opulent and immaculate, powerful and fresh, with ripe grapefruit, pear, peach and toasty oak flavours, still unfolding. Mealy and complex, with very impressive vibrancy, delicacy and richness, it should be long-lived.
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Michael Cooper (1999 Vintage) says
Grown at the company's cool, slightly elevated Riverview Vineyard at Mangatahi, this is one of the classiest of all New Zealand Chardonnays. It's typically a powerful wine, robust and awash with flavour, yet highly refined, with beautifully intense citrusy fruit, firm acid spine and the structure to flourish with age. It is fully barrel-fermented, and given the wine's concentrated fruit characters, the French oak barriques are 80 per cent new. Still on sale, the 1998 vintage is a super-stylish wine. Light yellow, with a minerally, nutty bouquet, it is poised and intense, with sweet fruit characters and very rich, citrusy, nutty flavours, harmonious and long. Layered and complex, with toasty, minerally characters, it is drinking well now, with some lovely aged notes. There is no 1999
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Michael Cooper (1998 Vintage) says
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Michael Cooper (1997 Vintage) says
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Michael Cooper (1996 Vintage) says
Grown at the company's cool, slightly elevated Riverview Vineyard at Mangatahi, this is one of the classiest of all New Zealand Chardonnays. It's typically a powerful wine, robust and awash with flavour, yet highly refined, with beautifully concentrated fruit, firm acid spine and the structure to flourish with age. It is fully barrel-fermented, and given the wine's intense fruit characters, the French oak barriques are 80 per cent new. In a recent vertical tasting of the 1990 to 1996 vintages, the 1991, 1994 (now at its peak), 1995 (still deliciously fresh) and 1996 were all superb. The 1998, tasted prior to bottling, showed lovely strength in a rich and mouthfilling style with deep grapefruit and melon-like flavours, good acid spine and a very long finish; it should be an outstanding vintage.
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Michael Cooper (1995 Vintage) says
Grown at the company's cool, slightly elevated Riverview Vineyard at Mangatahi, this is one of the classiest of all New Zealand Chardonnays. It's typically a powerful wine, robust and awash with flavour, yet highly refined, with beautifully concentrated fruit, firm acid spine and the structure to flourish with age. It is fully barrel-fermented, and given the wine's intense fruit characters, the French oak barriques are 80 per cent new. In a recent vertical tasting of the 1990 to 1996 vintages, the 1991, 1994 (now at its peak), 1995 (still deliciously fresh) and 1996 were all superb. The 1998, tasted prior to bottling, showed lovely strength in a rich and mouthfilling style with deep grapefruit and melon-like flavours, good acid spine and a very long finish; it should be an outstanding vintage.
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Michael Cooper (1994 Vintage) says
Grown at the company's cool, slightly elevated Riverview Vineyard at Mangatahi, this is one of the classiest of all New Zealand Chardonnays. It's typically a powerful wine, robust and awash with flavour, yet highly refined, with beautifully concentrated fruit, firm acid spine and the structure to flourish with age. It is fully barrel-fermented, and given the wine's intense fruit characters, the French oak barriques are 80 per cent new. In a recent vertical tasting of the 1990 to 1996 vintages, the 1991, 1994 (now at its peak), 1995 (still deliciously fresh) and 1996 were all superb. The 1998, tasted prior to bottling, showed lovely strength in a rich and mouthfilling style with deep grapefruit and melon-like flavours, good acid spine and a very long finish; it should be an outstanding vintage.
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Michael Cooper (1993 Vintage) says
Grown at the company's cool, slightly elevated Riverview Vineyard at Mangatahi, this is one of the classiest of all New Zealand Chardonnays. It's typically a powerful wine, robust and awash with flavour, yet highly refined, with beautifully concentrated fruit, firm acid spine and the structure to flourish with age. It is fully barrel-fermented, and given the wine's intense fruit characters, the French oak barriques are 80 per cent new. In a recent vertical tasting of the 1990 to 1996 vintages, the 1991, 1994 (now at its peak), 1995 (still deliciously fresh) and 1996 were all superb. The 1998, tasted prior to bottling, showed lovely strength in a rich and mouthfilling style with deep grapefruit and melon-like flavours, good acid spine and a very long finish; it should be an outstanding vintage.
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Michael Cooper (1992 Vintage) says
Grown at the company's cool, slightly elevated Riverview Vineyard at Mangatahi, this is one of the classiest of all New Zealand Chardonnays. It's typically a powerful wine, robust and awash with flavour, yet highly refined, with beautifully concentrated fruit, firm acid spine and the structure to flourish with age. It is fully barrel-fermented, and given the wine's intense fruit characters, the French oak barriques are 80 per cent new. In a recent vertical tasting of the 1990 to 1996 vintages, the 1991, 1994 (now at its peak), 1995 (still deliciously fresh) and 1996 were all superb. The 1998, tasted prior to bottling, showed lovely strength in a rich and mouthfilling style with deep grapefruit and melon-like flavours, good acid spine and a very long finish; it should be an outstanding vintage.
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Michael Cooper (1991 Vintage) says
Grown at the company's cool, slightly elevated Riverview Vineyard at Mangatahi, this is one of the classiest of all New Zealand Chardonnays. It's typically a powerful wine, robust and awash with flavour, yet highly refined, with beautifully concentrated fruit, firm acid spine and the structure to flourish with age. It is fully barrel-fermented, and given the wine's intense fruit characters, the French oak barriques are 80 per cent new. In a recent vertical tasting of the 1990 to 1996 vintages, the 1991, 1994 (now at its peak), 1995 (still deliciously fresh) and 1996 were all superb. The 1998, tasted prior to bottling, showed lovely strength in a rich and mouthfilling style with deep grapefruit and melon-like flavours, good acid spine and a very long finish; it should be an outstanding vintage.
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Michael Cooper (1990 Vintage) says
Grown at the company's cool, slightly elevated Riverview Vineyard at Mangatahi, this is one of the classiest of all New Zealand Chardonnays. It's typically a powerful wine, robust and awash with flavour, yet highly refined, with beautifully concentrated fruit, firm acid spine and the structure to flourish with age. It is fully barrel-fermented, and given the wine's intense fruit characters, the French oak barriques are 80 per cent new. In a recent vertical tasting of the 1990 to 1996 vintages, the 1991, 1994 (now at its peak), 1995 (still deliciously fresh) and 1996 were all superb. The 1998, tasted prior to bottling, showed lovely strength in a rich and mouthfilling style with deep grapefruit and melon-like flavours, good acid spine and a very long finish; it should be an outstanding vintage.
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