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Villa Maria Reserve Marlborough Pinot Noir

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Villa Maria Reserve Marlborough Pinot Noir

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Michael Cooper (2010 Vintage) says
Launched from the 2000 vintage, this label swiftly won recognition as one of the region's boldest, lushest reds. Based on ultra low-yielding vines (2.5 tonnes/hectare) in the Awatere and Waitau valleys, it is matured for over a year in French oak barriques (25 per cent new in 2010), and bottled with minimal fining and filtration. The powerful 2009 vintage is a commanding wine, very fleshy, dark and rich, with dense, ripe cherry, plum and spice flavours that retain vibrancy and suppleness, and notable complexity. Tasted prior to bottling (and so not fated), the 2010 vintage is powerful, rich and silky, with lovely density of cherry and plum flavours.
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Michael Cooper (2009 Vintage) says
Launched from the 2000 vintage, this label swiftly won recognition as one of the region's boldest, lushest reds. Based on ultra low-yielding vines (2.5 tonnes/hectare) in the Awatere and Waitau valleys, it is matured for over a year in French oak barriques (25 per cent new in 2010), and bottled with minimal fining and filtration. The powerful 2009 vintage is a commanding wine, very fleshy, dark and rich, with dense, ripe cherry, plum and spice flavours that retain vibrancy and suppleness, and notable complexity. Tasted prior to bottling (and so not fated), the 2010 vintage is powerful, rich and silky, with lovely density of cherry and plum flavours.
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Michael Cooper (2008 Vintage) says
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Michael Cooper (2007 Vintage) says
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Michael Cooper (2003 Vintage) says
Launched from 2000, this label has swiftly won recognition as one of the region's boldest, lushest reds. The 2002 vintage is richly coloured and highly fragrant. Substantial, with lovely, sweet fruit characters and complex cherry and spice flavours, it shows greater finesse than the super-charged (15 per cent alcohol) 2001 Matured for 11 months in French oak barriques (40 per cent), the 2003 vintage is again a powerful style, nutty, savoury and complex. Richly coloured and intensely varietal, it offers vivid plum, cherry and spice flavours, bold and youthful.
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Michael Cooper (2002 Vintage) says
Launched from 2000, this label has swiftly won recognition as one of the region's boldest, lushest reds. The 2001 is an 'Iron fist in a velvet glove' - strapping, rich and supple, with lovely intensity of plummy, cherryish, spicy flavours and even a hint of liquorice. But it's not the ultimate in style, with a soaring alcohol level (15 per cent) and less finesse than the country's greatest Pinot Noirs. Matured for nine months in French oak barriques (40 per cent new), the 2002 vintage is richly coloured and highly fragrant. Substantial (14 per cent alcohol), with lovely, sweet-fruit characters and complex cherry and spice flavours, it's a superior wine to the 2001, more savoury and intensely varietal.
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Michael Cooper (2001 Vintage) says
Launched from 2000, this label has swiftly won recognition as one of the region's boldest, lushest reds. The 2001 is an 'Iron fist in a velvet glove' - strapping, rich and supple, with lovely intensity of plummy, cherryish, spicy flavours and even a hint of liquorice. But it's not the ultimate in style, with a soaring alcohol level (15 per cent) and less finesse than the country's greatest Pinot Noirs. Matured for nine months in French oak barriques (40 per cent new), the 2002 vintage is richly coloured and highly fragrant. Substantial (14 per cent alcohol), with lovely, sweet-fruit characters and complex cherry and spice flavours, it's a superior wine to the 2001, more savoury and intensely varietal.
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Michael Cooper (2000 Vintage) says
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