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Mountford Chardonnay

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Mountford Chardonnay

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Michael Cooper (2002 Vintage) says
In top vintages, this rare Waipara wine offers splendidly rich melon, grapefruit and quality oak flavours, with a commanding mouthfeel. The 2001 vintage is light yellow, with a tight, nutty, mealy bouquet. A complex style, it shows excellent weight and intensity, with sweet, ripe-fruit flavours of grapefruit and peach mingled with butterscotch and mineral characters. The 2002 fermented and matured for over a year in French oak barriques (30 per cent new), is a powerful, opulent wine with tremendous depth of stone-fruit and butterscotch flavours. Drink now to 2005.
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Michael Cooper (2001 Vintage) says
In top vintages, this rare Waipara wine offers splendidly rich melon, grapefruit and quality oak flavours, with a commanding mouthfeel. From an ultra low-cropping (one tonne/hectare) vintage, the 2000 has mouthfilling body and crisp, strong, grapefruit-like flavours seasoned with French oak (20 per cent new), but is less striking than the excitingly powerful and concentrated 1999 vintage Still unfolding, the 2001 is light yellow, with a tight, nutty, mealy bouquet. A complex style, it shows excellent weight and intensity, with sweet, ripe fruit flavours of grapefruit and peach mingled with butterscotch and mineral characters. Already offering a lot in 2002, it should be even better in 2004.
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Michael Cooper (2000 Vintage) says
In top vintages, this rare Waipara wine offers splendidly rich melon, grapefruit and quality oak flavours, with a commanding mouthfeel. From an ultra low-cropping (one tonne/hectare) vintage, the 2000 has mouthfilling body and crisp, strong, grapefruit-like flavours seasoned with French oak (20 per cent new), but is less striking than the excitingly powerful and concentrated 1999 vintage Still unfolding, the 2001 is light yellow, with a tight, nutty, mealy bouquet. A complex style, it shows excellent weight and intensity, with sweet, ripe fruit flavours of grapefruit and peach mingled with butterscotch and mineral characters. Already offering a lot in 2002, it should be even better in 2004.
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Michael Cooper (1999 Vintage) says
In top vintages, this rare Waipara wine offers splendidly rich melon, grapefruit and quality oak flavours, with a commanding mouthfeel. From an ultra low-cropping (one tonne/hectare) vintage, the 2000 has mouthfilling body and crisp, strong, grapefruit-like flavours seasoned with French oak (20 per cent new), but is less striking than the excitingly powerful and concentrated 1999 vintage Still unfolding, the 2001 is light yellow, with a tight, nutty, mealy bouquet. A complex style, it shows excellent weight and intensity, with sweet, ripe fruit flavours of grapefruit and peach mingled with butterscotch and mineral characters. Already offering a lot in 2002, it should be even better in 2004.
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Michael Cooper (1998 Vintage) says
Grown at Waipara, the statuesque 1998 vintage is a real conversation piece. Estate-harvested at almost 26 brix, whole-bunch pressed and French oak-aged for 14 months, it's oaky on the nose and very concentrated on the palate, with rich flavours of melons, grapefruit and quality oak and commanding mouthfeel. A very powerful, fat wine, it's not the ultimate in delicacy or finesse, but still exciting stuff
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