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Te Mata Estate Woodthorpe Chardonnay

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It's rather intriguing to consider that this is a carefully handled single vineyard Chardonnay, for it's price and it's position within the Te Mata range suggest something more regional and generic. It's like discovering that the ring you've just won out of a pick and match machine was made by a jeweller (not quite, but your get the drift). Suffice to say - and it's a joy to declare it - this is one very smart Chardonnay for the dollars. It's a wine built with both classic rich barrel fermented fruit as well as quite modern tank fermented fruit, making for a wine that is immediately rich and mouthfilling whilst maintaining a very healthy natural acidity driven freshness.

Winemaker's Notes

This chardonnay has ripe stonefruit and citrus characters subtly enhanced by fermentation in seasoned oak barrels, lees contact and a creamy malolactic influence, to create a rich and elegant wine.

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Te Mata Estate Woodthorpe Chardonnay

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Michael Cooper (2009 Vintage) says
This bargain-priced Hawke's Bay wine is grown in the company's inland Woodthorpe Vineyard in the Dart moor Valley. Fermented and lees-aged in a mix of tanks (50 per cent) and French oak barrels, it is typically a harmonious wine with ripe grapefruit characters enriched with biscuity oak and very good richness and complexity. The 2009 vintage is mouth filling, sweet-fruited and rounded, with fresh, vibrant fruit flavours, a slightly creamy texture, moderate complexity, and very good harmony and depth.
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Michael Cooper (2004 Vintage) says
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Michael Cooper (2003 Vintage) says
This Hawke's Bay wine is based solely on the Mendoza clone of Chardonnay, cultivated at the company's Woodthorpe Terraces site in the Dartmoor Valley. Fermented in a mix of tanks and barrels, with full malolactic fermentation and barrel-aging, the 2003 vintage shows excellent depth, with sweet, ripe grapefruit characters enriched with biscuity oak and some barrel-ferment complexity. It's a very harmonious wine.
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Michael Cooper (2002 Vintage) says
Formerly labelled as Te Mata Chardonnay, this Hawke's Bay wine is grown at the company's Woodthorpe Terraces vineyard in the Dartmoor Valley. Fermented in a mix of tanks and barrels, with full malolactic fermentation, the 2002 vintage showcases its beautifully ripe, citrusy fruit flavours, fleshed out with biscuity, buttery touches. Delicious drinking in its youth.
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Michael Cooper (2001 Vintage) says
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