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Muddy Water Chardonnay

Cracka Review

Lemon in colour. This Muddy Water Chardonnay shows an array of characters on the nose including complex oak, fresh bread, ripe peach, pear and pawpaw. The palate on this certified organic wine shows considerable drive and precision with structural phenolics balancing the stone and citrus fruits. 

*THIS WINE WAS NOT SUBJECTED TO COLD STABILIZATION. WE RECOMMEND DECANTING PRIOR TO DRINKING 

 Awards and Accolades 

 5 Stars - Raymond Chan

Winemaker's Notes

Lemon in colour. This Muddy Water Chardonnay shows an array of characters on the nose including complex oak, fresh bread, ripe peach, pear and pawpaw. The palate on this certified organic wine shows considerable drive and precision with structural phenolics balancing the stone and citrus fruits. 

*THIS WINE WAS NOT SUBJECTED TO COLD STABILIZATION. WE RECOMMEND DECANTING PRIOR TO DRINKING 

 Awards and Accolades 

 5 Stars - Raymond Chan

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Muddy Water Chardonnay

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Michael Cooper (2010 Vintage) says
The 2009 vintagewas hand-picked at 23-25 brix and fermented with indigenous yeasts in French oak barriques and puncheons (15 per cent new). A classy, minerally wine with rich grapefruit and nut flavours, woven with fresh acidity, it is vibrantly fruity, with good harmony and the prospect of a long life ahead. The 2010 is very youthful, with concentrated, ripe stone-fruit flavours, well-integrated oak and excellent richness, ripeness and roundness.
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Michael Cooper (2008 Vintage) says
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Michael Cooper (2007 Vintage) says
The 2007 vintage was hand-picked at Waipara at over 24 brix, fermented with indigenous yeasts and matured for 11 months in French oak barriques and puncheons (10 per cent new). Light yellow/green, with a lemony bouquet, it's a fresh, tightly structured wine with finely integrated oak and good intensity of citrusy, slightly buttery flavour.
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Michael Cooper (2006 Vintage) says
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Michael Cooper (2005 Vintage) says
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Michael Cooper (2004 Vintage) says
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Michael Cooper (2003 Vintage) says
This is consistently one of Canterbury's finest Chardonnays. From a very low-yielding, frost-affected season, the 2003 vintage was whole-bunch pressed, fermented with indigenous yeasts and lees-aged for 11 months in French oak barriques (10 per cent new), with full malolactic fermentation. It's a stylish wine with grapefruit and apple fruit flavours to the fore, mealy barrel-ferment characters, subtle oak, a minerally streak and a crisp, slightly creamy finish. Showing impressive complexity, it offers excellent drinking now onwards.
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Michael Cooper (2002 Vintage) says
This is consistently one of Canterbury's finest Chardonnays. The intense, refined 2002 vintage was fermented with indigenous yeasts in French oak barriques (10 per cent new), with hill malolactic fermentation. Light lemon/green, with a slightly nutty, complex bouquet, it has rich butterscotch and minerally characters on the palate, with fresh, balanced acidity and a long finish.
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Michael Cooper (2001 Vintage) says
This is one of Canterbury's top Chardonnays. Based on low-cropping (4.4 tonnes/hectare) vines, the 2001 vintage was hand-picked, whole-bunch pressed and fermented with indigenous yeasts in French oak barriques (10 per cent new). Lees-aged for a year and given a full, softening malolactic fermentation, it is light lemon/green, with a minerally, slightly nutty bouquet. The palate is refined, intense and complex, with butterscotch, peach and mineral characters and a long finish with well-balanced acidity. It's likely to mature very well.
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Michael Cooper (2000 Vintage) says
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Michael Cooper (1999 Vintage) says
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James Halliday (1998 Vintage) says
Medium to full yellow-green; a gently complex bouquet with creamy cashew and mineral aromas introduces an elegant wine, harmonious and well balanced in a lighter style, and possessing a particularly good finish.
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Michael Cooper (1998 Vintage) says
The rich, savoury 1998 vintage of Michael and Jane East's wine was made from very low-cropping (1.5 tonnes per acre) vines and fermented and matured in French oak barriques (25 per cent new). Mouthfilling, it's a complex, well-structured wine with concentrated, ripe, citrus and tropical fruit flavours and a smooth, nutty, sustained finish. The 1997 is similarly soft, lush and powerful.
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Michael Cooper (1997 Vintage) says
The rich, savoury 1998 vintage of Michael and Jane East's wine was made from very low-cropping (1.5 tonnes per acre) vines and fermented and matured in French oak barriques (25 per cent new). Mouthfilling, it's a complex, well-structured wine with concentrated, ripe, citrus and tropical fruit flavours and a smooth, nutty, sustained finish. The 1997 is similarly soft, lush and powerful.
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