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Villa Maria Res. Barrique Ferm. Chardonnay

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Villa Maria Res. Barrique Ferm. Chardonnay

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Michael Cooper (1994 Vintage) says
One of the country's most acclaimed wines, with a host of gold medals to its credit. In the past, it was usually based wholly on Gisborne grapes, but the 1993 vintage is an Auckland wine, and since 1994 the Hawke's Bay and Marlborough regions have come to the fore. Each year the pick of the winery's fruit, barrel fermentation, partial malolactic fermentation, and oak maturation, yields a strikingly rich and savoury wine. The '95 is stylish and full, with toasty oak aromas, rich, ripe, citrusy fruit and deep, firm flavour. The lush, exciting, strapping 1996 is a French oak-fermented and matured blend of Hawke's Bay and Marlborough fruit. Bright, light yellow-green, with a very rich, fresh, ripe, toasty bouquet, it is a seductive amalgam of highly concentrated tropical/citrus fruit flavours with classy oak. A powerful, high impact wine, still in its infancy, it deserves cellaring to at least 1999.
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Michael Cooper (1993 Vintage) says
One of the country's most acclaimed wines, with a host of gold medals to its credit. In the past, it was usually based wholly on Gisborne grapes, but the 1993 vintage is an Auckland wine, and since 1994 the Hawke's Bay and Marlborough regions have come to the fore. Each year the pick of the winery's fruit, barrel fermentation, partial malolactic fermentation, and oak maturation, yields a strikingly rich and savoury wine. The '95 is stylish and full, with toasty oak aromas, rich, ripe, citrusy fruit and deep, firm flavour. The lush, exciting, strapping 1996 is a French oak-fermented and matured blend of Hawke's Bay and Marlborough fruit. Bright, light yellow-green, with a very rich, fresh, ripe, toasty bouquet, it is a seductive amalgam of highly concentrated tropical/citrus fruit flavours with classy oak. A powerful, high impact wine, still in its infancy, it deserves cellaring to at least 1999.
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Michael Cooper (1991 Vintage) says
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Michael Cooper (1990 Vintage) says
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