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Villa Maria Reserve Hawke's Bay Chardonnay

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Villa Maria Reserve Hawke's Bay Chardonnay

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Michael Cooper (2010 Vintage) says
The 2009 vintage was grown at Maraekakaho, Te Awanga and in the Gimblett Gravels. Fermented and matured in French oak barriques (43 per cent new), it is fragrant, with peach and butterscotch aromas and flavours. Weighty and finely textured, it's a youthful, elegant wine, best cellared until 2012. The 2010, grown in the Waikahu, Ngakirikiri and Keltern vineyards, was fermented and lees-aged for 10 months in French oak barriques (44 per cent new). The bouquet is rich and nutty, with indigenous yeast notes; the palate is mouth filling, with deep, peachy, citrusy, nutty flavours, highly complex, tight, youthful and long.
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Michael Cooper (2009 Vintage) says
The 2009 vintage was grown at Maraekakaho, Te Awanga and in the Gimblett Gravels. Fermented and matured in French oak barriques (43 per cent new), it is fragrant, with peach and butterscotch aromas and flavours. Weighty and finely textured, it's a youthful, elegant wine, best cellared until 2012. The 2010, grown in the Waikahu, Ngakirikiri and Keltern vineyards, was fermented and lees-aged for 10 months in French oak barriques (44 per cent new). The bouquet is rich and nutty, with indigenous yeast notes; the palate is mouth filling, with deep, peachy, citrusy, nutty flavours, highly complex, tight, youthful and long.
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Michael Cooper (2008 Vintage) says
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Michael Cooper (2004 Vintage) says
The 2002 vintage was fermented and lees-aged for 10 months in French oak barriques, with a notably high (90 per cent) new oak influence. It's a strapping wine (14.5 per cent alcohol), yet very soft and delicate, with rich tropical-fruit flavours that have effortlessly soaked up the new oak. Deliciously creamy and smooth, with some butterscotch showing, it's a good cellaring prospect. The 2004 is very complete, with beautifully rich and rounded flavours, lush, ripe and soft.
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Michael Cooper (2003 Vintage) says
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Michael Cooper (2002 Vintage) says
A slightly creamy, delicious wine with lots of character, the powerful 2000 vintage offers rich, ripe, grape fruit-like flavours with a strong seasoning of toasty oak and a well-rounded finish. There is no 2001. The 2002 was fermented and lees-aged for 10 months in French oak barriques, with a notably high (90 per cent) new oak influence. It's a strapping wine (14.5 per cent alcohol), yet very soft and delicate, with rich tropical-fruit flavours that have effortlessly soaked up the new oak. Deliciously creamy and smooth, with some butterscotch showing, it's a good cellaring prospect.
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Michael Cooper (2001 Vintage) says
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Michael Cooper (2000 Vintage) says
Grown in the Ngatarawa and Moteo districts and fermented in French oak barriques (75 per cent new), the 1999 is a mouthfilling wine, mealy and slightly buttery, with sweet, ripe fruit flavours of grapefruit, pineapple and fig strongly seasoned with toasty oak, excellent depth and a creamy-smooth finish. A slightly creamy, deliciously easy-drinking wine with lots of character, the powerful 2000 vintage offers rich, ripe, grapefruit-like flavours with a strong seasoning of toasty oak and a well-rounded finish.
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Michael Cooper (1999 Vintage) says
Grown in the Ngatarawa and Moteo districts and fermented in French oak barriques (75 per cent new), the 1999 is a mouthfilling wine, mealy and slightly buttery, with sweet, ripe fruit flavours of grapefruit, pineapple and fig strongly seasoned with toasty oak, excellent depth and a creamy-smooth finish. A slightly creamy, deliciously easy-drinking wine with lots of character, the powerful 2000 vintage offers rich, ripe, grapefruit-like flavours with a strong seasoning of toasty oak and a well-rounded finish.
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James Halliday (1998 Vintage) says
Excellent bright green-yellow. The bouquet shows very clever winemaking, with a sophisticated mix of nutty cashew, fig and melon aromas. The palate, too, shows sensitive handling, with nectarine and citrus fruit dominant among the many flavours, and leading through to a long, lingering finish. Unquestionably at the top end of New Zealand Chardonnay.
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Michael Cooper (1998 Vintage) says
The debut 1998 vintage is a highly refined wine. Lees-aged in oak for 11 months, it's a full, citrusy wine with ripe fruit characters, good vigour, balanced oak and impressive depth of delicate, slightly creamy flavour. It should flourish with cellaring.
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