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Vavasour Awatere Valley Chardonnay

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Vavasour Awatere Valley Chardonnay

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Michael Cooper (2010 Vintage) says
A powerful Marlborough wine, rich and creamy. The 2010 vintage was fermented and lees-aged for 10 months in French oak barriques (25 per cent new). Already delicious, it is fleshy, concentrated and complex, with a strong presence. Very full-bodied, it has concentrated, ripe melon and peach flavours, fresh acidity, mealy, biscuity notes and a creamy-smooth texture. Great value.
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Michael Cooper (2008 Vintage) says
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Michael Cooper (2007 Vintage) says
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Michael Cooper (2004 Vintage) says
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Michael Cooper (2003 Vintage) says
A powerful wine with deep, citrusy, appley, creamy flavours. The instantly appealing 2003 vintage was estate-grown, hand-picked, fermented with indigenous yeasts and lees-aged for nine months in French oak casks (20 per cent new). Maturing very gracefully, it's a tightly structured wine with the citrusy, minerally notes typical of the Awatere Valley, mouthfilling body and excellent depth.
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Michael Cooper (2002 Vintage) says
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Michael Cooper (2001 Vintage) says
At its best, this is a powerful wine with deep, citrusy, appley, creamy flavours. The 2001 vintage was hand-picked and fermented and lees-aged for eight months in French oak casks (20 per cent new), with full malolactic fermentation. It's a softly mouthfilling wine with subdued fruit characters and a strong, creamy 'malo' influence, but in its youth lacked the intensity of past releases.
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Michael Cooper (2000 Vintage) says
Mouthfilling, creamy and high-flavoured, the 2000 vintage was hand-picked, whole-bunch pressed and fermented with indigenous and cultured yeasts in French oak casks (20 per cent new). It shows cool-climate freshness and vibrancy, with layers of citrus fruit, toast and butterscotch flavours and finely balanced acidity. Top drinking for 2003.
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Michael Cooper (1999 Vintage) says
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Michael Cooper (1998 Vintage) says
Launched from the 1996 vintage this was intended to be Vavasour's middle-tier Chardonnay, but in the absence of the flagship Single Vineyard label (not produced since 1996) has been the top Chardonnay from the 1997 and 1998 vintages. The 1998 was grown in Marlborough's Awatere Valley and 80 per cent barrel-fermented. It's a very stylish and sturdy wine (14 per cent alcohol) that needs time. Mouthfilling, with rich, melon-like fruit flavours and finely integrated oak/lees characters, it's a beautifully poised, well-spined wine that should offer excellent drinking from 2000 onwards.
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James Halliday (1997 Vintage) says
Medium to full yellow-green; the bouquet is complex with citrus, nectarine and apple fruit aromas. The palate is of medium weight, with some spicy oak evident, and fractionally less luscious than the bouquet promises, tending more to citrus and mineral.
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Michael Cooper (1997 Vintage) says
Launched from the 1996 vintage this was intended to be Vavasour's middle-tier Chardonnay, but in the absence of the flagship Single Vineyard label (not produced since 1996) has been the top Chardonnay from the 1997 and 1998 vintages. The 1998 was grown in Marlborough's Awatere Valley and 80 per cent barrel-fermented. It's a very stylish and sturdy wine (14 per cent alcohol) that needs time. Mouthfilling, with rich, melon-like fruit flavours and finely integrated oak/lees characters, it's a beautifully poised, well-spined wine that should offer excellent drinking from 2000 onwards.
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Michael Cooper (1996 Vintage) says
Launched from the 1996 vintage this was intended to be Vavasour's middle-tier Chardonnay, but in the absence of the flagship Single Vineyard label (not produced since 1996) has been the top Chardonnay from the 1997 and 1998 vintages. The 1998 was grown in Marlborough's Awatere Valley and 80 per cent barrel-fermented. It's a very stylish and sturdy wine (14 per cent alcohol) that needs time. Mouthfilling, with rich, melon-like fruit flavours and finely integrated oak/lees characters, it's a beautifully poised, well-spined wine that should offer excellent drinking from 2000 onwards.
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