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Mount Riley Seventeen Valley Marlborough Chardonnay

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Mount Riley Seventeen Valley Marlborough Chardonnay

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Michael Cooper (2009 Vintage) says
The 2009 vintage is the best yet. Hand-picked, fermented with indigenous yeasts in new and seasoned French oak casks, with extensive lees-stirring and full malolactic fermentation, it is classy and concentrated, with a rich bouquet and lovely depth of ripe, peachy, slightly appley and spicy flavours, a distinct hint of butterscotch, and notable complexity and harmony.
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Michael Cooper (2005 Vintage) says
Still on sale, the 2005 vintage was hand-picked at Renwick and in the company's Seventeen Valley Vineyard, south of Blenheim, and fermented with indigenous yeasts in mostly new French oak casks. It shows some botrytis-derived, honeyed notes, but also good body, richness and complexity.
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Michael Cooper (2004 Vintage) says
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Michael Cooper (2003 Vintage) says
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Michael Cooper (2002 Vintage) says
The 2002 vintage, blended from Wairau Valley vineyards, was fermented and matured in French and American oak barriques. Youthful in colour, with a refined, citrusy, biscuity fragrance, it displays concentrated peach and grapefruit flavours woven with toasty oak. An elegant wine with a rich, creamy mouthfeel and fine acidity, it's maturing well.
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Michael Cooper (2001 Vintage) says
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Michael Cooper (2000 Vintage) says
Top Chardonnay at the 2001 Air New Zealand Wine Awards, the 2000 vintage is a blend of fruit from several Wairau Valley vineyards, fermented and matured for 11 months in French oak barriques (80 per cent new). Fragrant, rich and soft, in a very generous and powerful style, it offers intense peach and melon fruit characters, toasty French oak and great complexity. It's an exuberantly wooded style, but deliciously creamy and concentrated.
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Michael Cooper (1998 Vintage) says
The powerful 1998 vintage is based on low-cropping (two tonnes/acre) Mendoza clone vines, fermented in new French oak barriques. Light lemon/green, it's a big, ripe and rounded wine with strong oak aromas and rich, delicate grapefruit and nutty oak flavours. It's a very harmonious wine with a rich, creamy texture, but needs a bit more time; open mid-2000.
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