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Squawking Magpie The Chatterer Chardonnay

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Hailing from Hawkes (not Magpie) Bay, this is a pretty spiffy single vineyard chardy at a well decent price. It's been moderately-oaked, and shows lots of white stone fruits, yellow citrus and buttered toast on the nose, whilst the palate is graceful with fruit flavours that pack a punch, along with some oak-infused roasted nuts, and a rounded, silky mouthfeel that leads to a bright, rich, fresh finish. This could stand up to roast chook or pork chops.

Winemaker's Notes

A full bodied Chardonnay with a palate of ripe fruits and soft spices. Gentle oak ageing and malolatic fermentation adds lovely buttery and toasty flavours and a fine textural finish. A serious single vineyard wine.

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Squawking Magpie The Chatterer Chardonnay

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Michael Cooper (2004 Vintage) says
The 2002 vintage was grown in Hawke's Bay and partly French oak-fermented, and 90 per cent of the blend went through malolactic fermentation. It's a much more forward style than its stablemate (above), fleshy and creamy, with citrusy, appley flavours showing moderate complexity. The 2004 is mouthfilling, with well-ripened, tropical-fruit flavours showing good depth.
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Michael Cooper (2002 Vintage) says
Squawking Magpie is the label of Gavin Yortt, co-founder of the Irongate vineyard in Gimblett Road, Hawke's Bay. Also grown in Gimblett Road, the 2002 vintage was hand-picked, whole-bunch pressed and fermented and lees-aged for 11 months in new French oak barriques. Fresh, nutty and creamy, it's a high-alcohol style (14.5 per cent), tight and youthful, needing at least another year to unfold, but with obvious potential.
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Michael Cooper (2000 Vintage) says
Squawking Magpie is the label of Gavin Yortt, co-founder of the Irongate vineyard in Gimblett Road, Hawke's Bay. Also grown in Gimblett Road, the 2000 vintage is a fresh, tight, minerally, slightly nutty wine, designed as 'a very understated approach to New Zealand Chardonnay'. Hand-picked in the Woodlands Vineyard, it was whole-bunch pressed and fermented and lees-aged for 11 months in new French oak barriques. Pale lemon/green, it's still youthful, with a fragrant, mealy bouquet and delicate melon and citrus flavours, mealy and rounded. A stylish wine, it needs time to show its best; open 2004+.
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