MICHAEL COOPERS BUYER’S GUIDE TO NEW ZEALAND WINES 2012.

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Cypress Hawke’s Bay Merlot
Densely coloured, the 2010 vintage (4 stars) has a bouquet of coffee and spice, leading into a fresh, power-packed wine with strong cassis, plum and spice flavours, skilfully balanced for early drinking. Fine value.

 

Cypress Terraces Hawke’s Bay Chardonnay
From a sloping, 2-hectare vineyard, the 2010 vintage (4½ stars) is a barrel-fermented style (French oak, 50 per cent new), very sweet-fruited and softly seductive. Rich, ripe and rounded, it is full-bodied and generous, with peachy, gently nutty, buttery, toasty flavours, a creamy texture, and excellent delicacy and harmony.

 

Cypress Terraces Hawke’s Bay Syrah
Estate-grown at an elevated, terraced site on Roy’s Hill, in the Gimblett Gravels, the 2008 vintage (4½ stars) was matured for 19 months in French oak casks (50 per cent new). It’s a very savoury, full-coloured wine with strong, firm blackcurrant, plum and spice flavours, showing good density and structure.

 

Cypress Terraces Hawke’s Bay Viognier
From a sloping site overlooking the Gimblett Gravels, the 2010 vintage (4 stars) is a powerful (14.5 per cent alcohol) dry wine, fermented in French oak casks (40 per cent new). Mouthfilling and fleshy, it is peachy, slightly toasty and biscuity, with good concentration and complexity, a slightly creamy texture, and a rounded finish.