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Stoneleigh Vineyards Rapaura Series Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc

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Stoneleigh Vineyards Rapaura Series Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc

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Michael Cooper (2010 Vintage) says
This richly flavoured wine is grown in the warm, shingly soils of the Rapaura district and lees-aged for two months, with regular stirring. The 2010 vintage was on the market by July 2010. Richly scented, it is a medium-bodied wine, sweet-fruited, with intense, ripe non-herbaceous flavours, slightly minerally, dry, rounded and long.
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Michael Cooper (2009 Vintage) says
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Michael Cooper (2007 Vintage) says
This richly flavoured wine is grown in the warm, shingly soils of the Rapaura district and lees-aged for two months, with regular stirring. The 2006 vintage is an instantly appealing wine, ripely scented and weighty, with excellent depth of pure, passionfruit-like flavours, a touch of herbaceousness, good texture, and a rounded, long finish. The 2007 has ripe, 'sweaty armpit' aromas, mouthfilling body and rich tropical-fruit flavours. It's a finely balanced wine with fresh acidity and excellent depth through the palate.
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Michael Cooper (2006 Vintage) says
This richly flavoured wine is grown in the warm, shingly soils of the Rapaura district and lees-aged for two months, with regular stirring. The 2006 vintage is an instantly appealing wine, ripely scented and weighty, with excellent depth of pure, passionfruit-like flavours, a touch of herbaceousness, good texture, and a rounded, long finish. The 2007 has ripe, 'sweaty armpit' aromas, mouthfilling body and rich tropical-fruit flavours. It's a finely balanced wine with fresh acidity and excellent depth through the palate.
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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
A richly flavoured wine, seasoning ripe, tropical-fruit flavours with a touch of oak. Most of the 200. 5 vintage was handled in tanks, but 7 per cent was fermented and lees-aged for three months in new and one-year-old French oak barriques. Still youthful, it's a sophisticated wine, finely scented, with rich, concentrated, ripe-fruit flavours in a gently herbaceous style with racy acidity and lovely intensity. Drink now to 2005.
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Michael Cooper (2002 Vintage) says
A richly flavoured wine, seasoning ripe, tropical-fruit flavours with a touch of oak. Most of the 2002 vintage was handled in tanks, but 7 per cent was fermented and lees-aged in French oak barriques. It shows lovely weight and depth of ripely herbaceous flavour, with subtle oak adding a toasty, nutty complexity, crisp acidity and a strong finish
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Michael Cooper (2001 Vintage) says
Partly (5 per cent) oak-aged, the debut 2000 vintage is mouthfilling, with fresh, concentrated, ripely herbaceous flavours, slightly reined in by the subtle wood, good acid backbone and a long finish. Most of the 2001 was handled in tanks, but 7 per cent was fermented and lees-aged in French oak barriques (two-thirds new). Ripely aromatic, it's a generous wine with good weight, balanced acidity, a very subtle wood influence and strong, sweet-fruit characters showing excellent depth.
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Michael Cooper (2000 Vintage) says
Partly (5 per cent) oak-aged, the debut 2000 vintage is mouthfilling, with fresh, concentrated, ripely herbaceous flavours, slightly reined in by the subtle wood, good acid backbone and a long finish. Most of the 2001 was handled in tanks, but 7 per cent was fermented and lees-aged in French oak barriques (two-thirds new). Ripely aromatic, it's a generous wine with good weight, balanced acidity, a very subtle wood influence and strong, sweet-fruit characters showing excellent depth.
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