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Waipara Springs Pinot Noir

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Prepare to be seduced by a perfumed Pinot of proper proportions. That’s more than enough alliteration and if the sales pitch did not get your attention, what’s in your glass certainly will. This is a pure example of what’s possible in the Waipara Valley with a rich savoury and earthy vein running through it. The palate oozes pinosity with soft-berried fruit and the fineness of tannins that suggest a barbecued duck would be a fine match.

Winemaker's Notes

This wine shows great primary fruit characters of plums and cherries with a subtle spice. The palate is generous with fine tannins and has good concentration and balance. Cellar with the confidence of screwcap.

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Waipara Springs Pinot Noir

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Michael Cooper (2009 Vintage) says
A very charming, drink-young style, the 2009 vintage was matured in an even split of tanks and French oak casks (10 per cent new). Ruby-hued, it is mouthfilling, with fresh, vibrant flavours of cherries, plums and spices and gentle tannins.
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Michael Cooper (2003 Vintage) says
Grown at Waipara and matured for nine months in French oak barrels, the 2003 vintage is an easy-drinking, silky-smooth wine in a moderately ripe, middleweight style with delicate plum, spice and herb flavours.
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Michael Cooper (2002 Vintage) says
The charming 2001 vintage was made from low-yieiding, young vines at Waipara and matured for 10 months in well-seasoned French oak barrels. Scented, with sweet-fruit characters, excellent depth of raspberry/plum flavours, subtle oak and a soft finish, it's delightful in its youth. The 2002 is less concentrated, but still attractive. Matured in older oak casks, it's a supple, easy-drinking wine with fresh, vibrant, red-berry and plum aromas and flavours.
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Michael Cooper (2001 Vintage) says
The charming 2001 vintage was made from low-yielding, young vines at Waipara and matured for 10 months in well-seasoned French oak barrels. Scented, with sweet fruit characters, very good depth of raspberry/plum flavours, subtle oak and a soft finish, it's delightful in its youth.
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Michael Cooper (1998 Vintage) says
The 1998 vintage is a substantial North Canterbury red, matured for 10 months in French oak barriques. Very approachable now, it shows full, bright colour and strong, well-ripened raspberry, plum and spice flavours in a fairly complex style that should mature well. Verging on four-star quality.
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Michael Cooper (1997 Vintage) says
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Michael Cooper (1996 Vintage) says
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