2000 was an even lower cropping year than 1999 with yields (thanks to frosts) little more than half the previous year. The colour is similar to the '99 wine - possibly slightly lighter but still dense with a pure hue. The nose is rich, smelling of rose petal and manuka flowers, red and black berries, plums, fruit cake spices and roasted nuts. The flavours evoke similar descriptions : raspberry, black fruit and rich plum, Xmas cake spices and hints of mint. The palate is well structured with soft velvet tannins - similar to that of the 1999 wine, but with slightly more emphasis on the front palate as befits the year. I see no reason why it should not be as long lived as previous wines of the better vintages.
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