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Villa Maria Reserve Marlborough Chardonnay

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Villa Maria Reserve Marlborough Chardonnay

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Michael Cooper (2009 Vintage) says
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Michael Cooper (2008 Vintage) says
With its rich, slightly mealy, citrusy flavours, this is a distinguished wine, very concentrated and finely structured. A marriage of intense, ripe Marlborough fruit with premium French oak, it is one of the region's greatest Chardonnays. It is typically grown in the warmest sites supplying Chardonnay grapes to Villa Maria, in the Awatere and Wairau valleys. The grapes are hand-picked and the wine is fermented with cultured and indigenous yeasts in French oak barriques (25 per cent new in 2010). The 2008 vintage is a sophisticated wine, weighty, with a complex bouquet and rich, citrusy, creamy and nutty flavours. The 2010 (tasted just prior to bottling, and so not rated) looks very classy - elegant and tightly structured, with citrusy flavours showing lovely freshness and depth.
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Michael Cooper (2006 Vintage) says
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Michael Cooper (2003 Vintage) says
With its rich, slightly mealy, citrusy flavours, this is a distinguished wine, very concentrated and finely structured. A marriage of intense, ripe Marlborough fruit with premium French oak, it is one of the region's greatest Chardonnays. The 2003 was grown in the Taylors Pass vineyard, in the Awatere Valley, and the Waldron and Lloyd vineyards, in the central Wairau Valley. The grapes are hand-picked and the wine is fermented with cultured and indigenous yeasts in French oak barriques (50 per cent new in 2003.) The 2003 vintage has a beautifully fragrant, nutty, complex bouquet. Rich and creamy, tight-knit and slightly minerally, with good acid spine, it's an intense and highly refined wine that should blossom with cellaring. The 2004 shows lovely harmony, with powerful body (14.5 per cent alcohol), rich, delicate, citrusy, mealy flavours, finely integrated oak and a smooth, lasting finish.
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Michael Cooper (2001 Vintage) says
With its rich, slightly mealy, citrusy flavours, this is a distinguished wine, less voluptuous than its Reserve Barrique Fermented stablemate but concentrated and finely structured. A marriage of intense, ripe Marlborough fruit with premium French oak, it is one of the region's greatest Chardonnays. Over the years, the Waldron and Fletcher vineyards in the Wairau Valley have been the major sources of fruit, now supplemented by grapes from Seddon Vineyards in the Awatere Valley. It is fully barrel-fermented, typically in 60 per cent new oak. The stunning 2000 vintage was hand-picked and fermented (with 15 per cent indigenous yeasts) in new and one-year-old French oak barriques, with some lees-stirring and full malolactic fermentation. Richly fragrant, concentrated and mouthfilling, with lovely depth of stone-fruit flavours and mealy, toasty complexities, it's a very sophisticated, beautifully structured wine, rich and long. The fragrant 2001 is classy and seamless, with intense, ripe fruit characters, finely integrated oak and lovely depth, harmony and softness.
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James Halliday (1998 Vintage) says
Medium to full yellow-green; a wine which is loaded to the gills and beyond with oak on both the bouquet and palate. Quite obviously, the wine has appeal to both public and critics alike, but the older I get, the more I want wine to taste of wine, not oak.
Australian Wine Companion 2001 2001
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Michael Cooper (1998 Vintage) says
With its rich, slightly mealy, citrusy flavours and firm, authoritative finish, this is a distinguished wine, less voluptuous than its Reserve Barrique Fermented stablemate but concentrated and steely. A marriage of intense, ripe Marlborough fruit with premium French oak, it is one of the region's finest Chardonnays. Over the years, the Waldron and Fletcher vineyards in the Wairau Valley have been the major sources of fruit, now supplemented by grapes from Seddon Vineyards in the Awatere Valley. It is fully barrel-fermented, typically in 60 per cent new oak. A big wine all round, the 1997 vintage has intense, grapefruit-like characters and well-integrated wood, in an appetisingly crisp, complex and lingering style. The 1998 possesses a stylish bouquet of fresh, ripe fruit and quality oak, with a soft initial impression in the mouth. A very robust wine (14.5 per cent alcohol) with grapefruit and tropical fruit flavours, mealy and slightly buttery, it's an unusually rounded, forward vintage.
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James Halliday (1997 Vintage) says
Medium yellow-green; the bouquet is quite rich and complex, with peachy/buttery fruit and spicy oak. The palate opens up well enough, but the burning clove oak on the aftertaste detracts from what should have been a much better wine.
Australian Wine Companion 2000 1999
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Michael Cooper (1997 Vintage) says
With its rich, slightly mealy, citrusy flavours and firm, authoritative finish, this is a distinguished wine, less voluptuous than its Reserve Barrique Fermented stablemate but concentrated and steely. A marriage of intense, ripe Marlborough fruit with premium French oak, it is one of the region's finest Chardonnays. Over the years, the Waldron and Fletcher vineyards in the Wairau Valley have been the major sources of fruit, now supplemented by grapes from Seddon Vineyards in the Awatere Valley. It is fully barrel-fermented, typically in 60 per cent new oak. A big wine all round, the 1997 vintage has intense, grapefruit-like characters and well-integrated wood, in an appetisingly crisp, complex and lingering style. The 1998 possesses a stylish bouquet of fresh, ripe fruit and quality oak, with a soft initial impression in the mouth. A very robust wine (14.5 per cent alcohol) with grapefruit and tropical fruit flavours, mealy and slightly buttery, it's an unusually rounded, forward vintage.
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James Halliday (1996 Vintage) says
Medium yellow-green; a complex and stylish wine with attractive melon and nectarine fruit woven through spicy nutmeg oak. A similarly stylish and well-balanced palate of medium weight, with the oak obvious, and perhaps just a fraction too much so on the mid to back palate where the fruit lightens off fractionally.
Australian Wine Companion 1999 1998
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Michael Cooper (1996 Vintage) says
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Michael Cooper (1995 Vintage) says
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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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