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Phoenix Gisborne Chardonnay

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Phoenix Gisborne Chardonnay

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Michael Cooper (2002 Vintage) says
Most of the Pacific winery's wines are labelled 'Phoenix'. The 2002 vintage was 60 per cent barrel-fermented, in a mix of American (two-thirds) and French oak. It's a robust but slightly heavy wine, lacking fruit sweetness and charm. I far prefer the Opaheke Chardonnay (below).
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Michael Cooper (2001 Vintage) says
Most of the Pacific winery's wines are labelled 'Phoenix'. The creamy-soft 2000 vintage offers peachy, ripe, slightly buttery flavours and a seductively smooth finish. The 2001 was 55 per cent barrel-fermented, in a mix of American (two-thirds) and French oak. Light/medium yellow, with a restrained bouquet, it's a full-bodied, crisp, lemony, slightly nutty wine, offering decent drinking through 2003.
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Michael Cooper (2000 Vintage) says
Most of the Pacific winery's wines are labelled 'Phoenix'. The creamy-soft 2000 vintage offers peachy, ripe, slightly buttery flavours and a seductively smooth finish. The 2001 was 55 per cent barrel-fermented, in a mix of American (two-thirds) and French oak. Light/medium yellow, with a restrained bouquet, it's a full-bodied, crisp, lemony, slightly nutty wine, offering decent drinking through 2003.
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Michael Cooper (1999 Vintage) says
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Michael Cooper (1998 Vintage) says
Pacific's top wines are labelled "Phoenix". The 1997 vintage faded fast and should be avoided. The moderately complex 1998 was 64 per cent fermented in French and American oak (the rest was tank-fermented), and all of the wine was lees-aged for five months. It offers good body, fresh, ripe tropical fruit aromas and flavours, slight creamy, nutty characters and a soft finish.
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Michael Cooper (1997 Vintage) says
Pacific's top wines are labelled "Phoenix". The 1997 vintage faded fast and should be avoided. The moderately complex 1998 was 64 per cent fermented in French and American oak (the rest was tank-fermented), and all of the wine was lees-aged for five months. It offers good body, fresh, ripe tropical fruit aromas and flavours, slight creamy, nutty characters and a soft finish.
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