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Te Kairanga Reserve Pinot Noir

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Te Kairanga Reserve Pinot Noir

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Michael Cooper (2003 Vintage) says
Based on a vineyard selection by 'vine age and specific flavours', this is typically a bold style of Martinborough red. The 2003 vintage harvested at 24 brix and matured for 10 months in French oak barriques (20 per cent new), is deeply coloured, with rich plum, spice and herb flavours, nutty and savoury, some funky, earthy elements and firm tannins beneath. Mouthfilling but less strapping than in some past years, it shows obvious aging potential; open 2006.
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Michael Cooper (2002 Vintage) says
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James Halliday (1998 Vintage) says
Dense red-purple; the bouquet is complex, with ripe plum, spice, forest floor and oak aromas. The palate is opulently rich and ripe, flooded with dark plum fruit; there is also considerable extract and tannin. Needs time to resolve itself; an extremely interesting wine to watch as it matures.
Australian Wine Companion 2001 2001
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Michael Cooper (1998 Vintage) says
Sometimes this Martinborough red struggles to overshadow the non-reserve label (above). The 1998 is a real conversation piece. A monster Pinot Noir, dark and muscular, brambly and spicy, it will appeal to Cabernet Sauvignon and Shiraz lovers, but I prefer the more elegant, non-reserve wine from 1998. The 1999, French oak-aged for a year, shows noble, deep colour. It's a very youthful, mouthfilling, chewy wine with nutty oak and concentrated plum/cherry flavours, needing time to unfold.
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James Halliday (1995 Vintage) says
Medium red, still retaining some traces of purple; the bouquet is of medium intensity, with some secondary, bottle-developed foresty characters starting to appear. The palate has good texture, structure and length, with black cherry and plum fruit of medium weight. Pales slightly against the very opulent "96 vintage wines from other makers which were on the market at the same time.
Australian Wine Companion 1999 1998
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Michael Cooper (1995 Vintage) says
Bold, fleshy and packed with lush, sweet-tasting fruit, the 1991 vintage went from strength to strength in the bottle. The '94 is another voluptuous Martinborough red, oozing rich, very ripe fruit. Starting to unfold considerable complexity, the 1995 vintage was matured for 18 months in new French oak barriques. Powerful through the palate, it's mouthfilling, supple and savoury, with an excellent depth of sweet-tasting, plummy fruit and a lovely overall harmony.
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Michael Cooper (1993 Vintage) says
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Michael Cooper (1992 Vintage) says
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Michael Cooper (1991 Vintage) says
Bold, fleshy and packed with lush, sweet-tasting fruit, the 1991 vintage went from strength to strength in the bottle. The '94 is another voluptuous Martinborough red, oozing rich, very ripe fruit. Starting to unfold considerable complexity, the 1995 vintage was matured for 18 months in new French oak barriques. Powerful through the palate, it's mouthfilling, supple and savoury, with an excellent depth of sweet-tasting, plummy fruit and a lovely overall harmony.
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