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Unison Selection

Unison Selection 2004
5 stars, NZ Classique Wine "… a powerful, brambly wine …" (Michael Cooper Wine Guide 2007)

Unison Selection 2003
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Unison Selection 2002
5 stars "… beautifully rich …" (Cuisine Magazine)

Top 10 (Cuisine Magazine)

100 best wines "… serious …" (Warren Barton, The Dominion)

"Top Duo - Unison vineyard's Anna-Barbara and Bruce Helliwell … My favourite from recent tastings came from the tiny Unison Vineyard. Unison's reds are made with pride and passion, and very best is the 2002 Unison Selection … " (John Saker, Food & Drink)

5 stars "… a wine of great class …" (Michael Cooper, Buyers Guide)

NZ Classic Wine "… Unison Selection eschews the vibrantly fruity style typical of many Hawke's Bay reds, in favour of more complex, savoury, spicy, earthy notes. Full of personality, it's one of the region's most distinctive and absorbing reds." (Michael Cooper, Classic Wines of NZ)

Unison Selection 2001
5 stars – only NZ red wine rewarded 5 stars in this tasting (Vinotheque Magazine, Japan)

Unison Selection 2000
"… the most Bordeaux-like (Selection 2000) of any Hawke’s Bay red I have ever tasted, reminiscent of a top growth St Emillion, this is a truly phenomenal wine …" 19.5/20 points (Paul Tudor, North Shore Times, July 2002)

"Unison Selection 2000 Wine of the Month (*****), Unison Selection is world–class and the Unison estate red is no slouch either." (Stephen Bennett MW, North South Magazine, August 2002)

Selection 2000: Gold Medal, International Wine Show, Switzerland

Unison Selection 2000 (*****) Wine State Magazine, Australia (Oct. 2002)

Unison Selection 2000 (*****) "… this is a consistently outstanding Hawke’s Bay red … Deep and youthful in colour, warm and tightly structured, it offers rich blackcurrant, plum and spice flavours, with ripe, chewy tannins and a very persistent finish … it’s an unusually complex wine that should be very long-lived." (Michael Cooper, Buyer’s Guide to NZ Wines 2003)

Unison Selection 1999
"The Selection label is included in the new edition of Hugh Johnson's World Atlas" (Dec 2001)

"After 40 years red has arrived … Unison Selection 1999 (*****) is an arrestingly concentrated Hawke's Bay blend …" Pick of the Week: "Sturdy, warm and spicy blend, bursting with flavour". (Michael Cooper, Sunday Star, May 6 2001)

Unison Selection 1999 (****1/2 stars) "Distinctive wine, with warm, sweet fruit, spicy, leathery, earthy characters and a very firm finish. Vibrant, with excellent weight and length. Came very close to five stars." (Winestate Magazine, Australia)

94 points "… an exceptional good outcome …" (James Halliday, Buyers Guide)

"… one of the ripest, richest NZ reds I've encountered … excellent length. Very stylish." (David Lawrason - Canada)

Unison Selection 1998 & 1999
"Both vintages are an impressively knit blend of Bordeaux varieties with Syrah. Serious stuff." (J. Robinson, Financial Times, UK, Nov 2001)

"… congratulations for making such a good wine. It's marvelous! … I kept thinking of a couple of top St Emilion Crus classes … Fine balance and finish seems to make the Selection superior …" (R. Fonseca, Brazil, August 2000)

Unison Selection 1998
"… I want to emphasize New Zealand's other wines … the reds … Unison Selection 1998 … highly concentrated blackberry fruit, firm oak and very fine tannin …" (Michael Franz, The Washington Post, May 2000)

"'Bordeaux-like' doesn't do it justice: it's more generous than that …" (Unison 1998) (Max Allen, Divine Magazine, Issue 21, Australia)

5 stars "… boldly coloured, with an invitingly fragrant, spicy bouquet, it's powerful …" (Michael Cooper, Buyers Guide)

Potential classic wine - status (Michael Cooper)

5 glasses "… this is serious stuff!" (Vic Willam, Buyers Guide)

94 points, 5 stars "… these [Unison &Unison Selection] are seriously good wines …" (James Halliday, Buyers Guide)

Wine of the Week, "… a wine of great architecture …" (Sue Courtney, Wine of the

"… brilliantly structured complexity - a classy wine of understated power in its elegant character … A vinous experience not to be missed by red devotees, congratulations Unison, you've done it again …" (Stanley Harris QSM, Wine & Food Society)

Unison Selection 1997 (first release)
5 stars "… impressive concentration and structure, … complex, with warm, ripe tannins, … superb quality..." (Michael Cooper, Buyers Guide)

5 stars "… two panelists picked it as a '98." (Winestate Magazine - Australia)

"In perfect unison … It is a wine upon a great deal of TLC has been lavished, every step of the way ..." (John Saker, Capital Times)

Unison Estate Limited
2163 Highway 50, RD 5, Hastings, Hawke's Bay, New Zealand |Phone: +64 6 879-7913 | Fax: +64 6 879-7915 |

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