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Vidal Estate Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon

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Vidal Estate Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon

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Michael Cooper (2002 Vintage) says
This Hawke's Bay label has a distinguished show track record, stretching back over more than a decade to the gloriously deep-scented, flavour-packed and complex 1990. The stylish and tight-knit 2000 vintage was matured for the unusually long period of 20 months in French and American oak barriques. Still unfolding, it's an extremely elegant, classic claret style with rich, vibrant plum and spice flavours, slightly chewy tannins and a long finish. The 2002, grown in the Gimblett Gravels, is dark, mouthfilling and concentrated, with beautifully ripe blackcurrant and dark chocolate flavours, great texture and ripe, supple tannins.
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Michael Cooper (2001 Vintage) says
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Michael Cooper (2000 Vintage) says
This Hawke's Bay label has a distinguished show track record, stretching back over more than a decade to the gloriously deep-sccnted, flavour-packed and complex 1990. The 2000 vintage was matured for the unusually long period of 20 months in French and American oak barriques. Still unfolding, it has rich, vibrant plum and spice flavours, slightly chewy tannins and a long finish. Open 2005+.
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Michael Cooper (1999 Vintage) says
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Michael Cooper (1998 Vintage) says
Buyer's Guide to New Zealand Wines
Michael Cooper (1997 Vintage) says
Ranked among Hawke's Bay's most distinguished reds, this is a slightly more austere wine than its voluptuous stablemate, the Reserve Cabernet Merlot, but serves as a reminder that New Zealand's top claret-style reds don't always have to be blended with Merlot to achieve distinction. The key source of fruit since 1995 has been the dry, gravelly Ngakirikiri vineyard, near Gimblett Road, owned by Vidal's parent company, Villa Maria. Maturation is in oak barriques (90 to 95 percent French and 85 to 90 per cent new), for up to 22 months. Still a baby, the inky, densely packed 1995 is a monumental red. The 1997 vintage possesses bold, bright colour and rich blackcurrant and mint flavours, very concentrated and supple. It's already approachable, but should age superbly.
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Michael Cooper (1996 Vintage) says
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James Halliday (1995 Vintage) says
Medium to full red-purple; the bouquet is extremely classy, with rippling aromas running through earth to cassis, but predominantly sweet, and with a subtle touch of lifted oak. A powerful wine in the mouth with classic Cabernet varietal flavours of cassis, chocolate and earth skilfully supported by sweet vanillin oak.
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Michael Cooper (1995 Vintage) says
Ranked among Hawke's Bay's most distinguished reds, this is a slightly more austere wine than its voluptuous stablemate, the Reserve Cabernet Merlot, but serves as a reminder that New Zealand's top claret-style reds don't always have to be blended with Merlot to achieve distinction. The key source of fruit since 1995 has been the dry, gravelly Ngakirikiri vineyard, near Gimblett Road, owned by Vidal's parent company, Villa Maria. Maturation is in oak barriques (90 to 95 percent French and 85 to 90 per cent new), for up to 22 months. Still a baby, the inky, densely packed 1995 is a monumental red. The 1997 vintage possesses bold, bright colour and rich blackcurrant and mint flavours, very concentrated and supple. It's already approachable, but should age superbly.
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Michael Cooper (1994 Vintage) says
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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
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Michael Cooper (1990 Vintage) says
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