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Mount Nelson Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc

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Mount Nelson Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc

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Michael Cooper (2010 Vintage) says
Mount Nelson is owned by Tenuta Di Biserno, itself controlled by members of the famous Tuscan wine family, Antinori. The company owns a vineyard on the south side of the Wairau Valley, from which most of the grapes are drawn. The aim is to make 'a classic Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc, with stronger emphasis on texture and length'. This is typically a full-bodied wine with very good depth of melon/lime flavours and a slightly minerally, lingering finish. The 2010 vintage offers melon and green-capsicum flavours, fresh, crisp and dry, with very good depth.
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Michael Cooper (2005 Vintage) says
Mount Nelson is owned by Lodovico Antinori, of the famous Tuscan winemaking family. His company, Tenuta Campo di Sasso, owns a vineyard in the Wairau Valley, from which most of the grapes are drawn. The aim is to make 'a classic Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc, with stronger emphasis on texture and length', and the 2005 vintage hits the target. Very skilfully crafted, it is fleshy and immaculate, with a rich, ripe bouquet and lovely sweet-fruit flavours, enlivened by fresh acidity. It's a non-aggressive, subtle style, yet with no shortage of flavour and a finely poised, long finish. A great buy.
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Michael Cooper (2003 Vintage) says
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Michael Cooper (2002 Vintage) says
Mount Nelson is owned by Lodovico Antinori, of the famous Tuscan winemaking family, who with his brother, Piero, is establishing vineyards in Marlborough and Waipara and a winery that will focus exclusively on Sauvignon Blanc. Since the first 1998 vintage, the wine has been based on high-quality batches purchased from other companies, blended by Antinori and Waipara-based winemaker Danny Schuster, and sold mainly in Italy. Fermented to full dryness and matured on its yeast lees for up to 15 months, with no exposure to oak, it is typically a rich yet subtle, tautly structured wine with excellent mouthfeel and slightly flinty, minerally characters adding complexity. The 2002 vintage shows good weight, strong, ripe flavours, finely balanced acidity and a long, tight, bone-dry finish. It should mature gracefully, and won't be released in Italy until May 2004.
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Michael Cooper (2001 Vintage) says
Mount Nelson is owned by Lodovico Antinori, of the famous Tuscan winemaking family, who with his brother, Piero, is establishing vineyards in Marlborough and Waipara and a winery that will focus exclusively on Sauvignon Blanc. Since the first 1998 vintage, the wine has been based on high-quality batches purchased from other companies, blended by Antinori and Waipara-based winemaker Danny Schuster, and sold mainly in Italy. The 2001 vintage is a blend of Marlborough (80 per cent) and Waipara (20 per cent) grapes. It was fermented with indigenous yeasts to full dryness and matured on its yeast lees for up to 15 months, with no exposure to oak. Ripe, gooseberry aromas lead into a rich yet subtle wine with excellent mouthfeel and slightly flinty, minerally characters adding complexity. It's a distinctive and tightly structured wine, likely to be at its best during 2003-04.
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Michael Cooper (1998 Vintage) says
The Mount Nelson label is owned by Antinori, the top Tuscan producer, and this wine is made for sale principally in Italy by Waipara winemaker Danny Schuster. The 1998 vintage is a very non-aggressive style of Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc, with a restrained bouquet and good mouthfeel. It's a fresh, smooth, non-herbaceous wine with lees-aging filling out its subtle flavours, which are more citrusy than grassy.
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Michael Cooper says
Mount Nelson is owned by Tenuta Di Biserno, itself controlled by members of the famous Tuscan wine family, Antinori. The company owns a vineyard on the south side of the Wairau Valley, from which most of the grapes are drawn. The aim is to make 'a classic Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc, with stronger emphasis on texture and length'. Crisp and dry, this is typically a full-bodied wine with very good depth of melon/lime flavours and a slightly minerally, lingering finish. Quietly classy.
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