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Saint Clair Omaka Reserve Chardonnay

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Saint Clair Omaka Reserve Chardonnay

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Michael Cooper (2003 Vintage) says
A proven show-stopper, this is a fat, creamy Marlborough wine, weighty and rich, in a strikingly bold, upfront style. The 2003 vintage was hand-picked and fermented and lees-aged for nine months in American oak casks. Weighty, with a strongly oaked bouquet and ripe, citrusy, creamy, buttery, toasty flavours, showing excellent depth, it's a high-impact style, fat and well-rounded, but slightly oak-dominated.
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Michael Cooper (2002 Vintage) says
A proven show-stopper, this is a fat, creamy Marlborough wine, weighty and rich, in a strikingly bold, upfront style. The 2002 vintage was fermented and lees-aged for 10 months in American oak casks (50 per cent new). Weighty and crisp, with sweet oak aromas, grapefruit and peach fruit characters and a sliver (4 grams/litre) of sweetness, in its youth it tasted slightly less seductive than the fleshy, lush, creamy-soft 2001 but should come together well during late 2003 and 2004.
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Michael Cooper (2001 Vintage) says
A proven show-stopper, this is a rat, creamy Marlborough wine, weighty and rich, in a strikingly bold, upfront style. The 2001 vintage is a blend of Omaka Valley (70 per cent) and Awatere Valley grapes, fermented and matured for 10 months in new and aged American oak casks. Bright, light lemon/green, with fresh, biscuity oak aromas, it is soft and mealy, with strong citrus fruit, apple and butterscotch flavours, a silken, texture and a smooth, rich finish.
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Michael Cooper (2000 Vintage) says
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Michael Cooper (1999 Vintage) says
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Michael Cooper (1998 Vintage) says
"Not for the faint-hearted," according to the back label, the fat, creamy-rich 1998 vintage was grown in Marlborough's Omaka Valley and handled for eight months in new and one-year-old American oak casks. There's a strong malolactic fermentation influence, but concentrated fruit too. A weighty, structured wine with deep peach and grapefruit flavours and a rich, slightly buttery finish, its a hold, upfront style for drinking now onwards.
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