Wine Region: Waiheke Island, New Zealand
Grapes:Â Merlot, Cabernet Franc, Malbec, Cabernet Sauvignon, Petit Verdot
Predominantly Merlot and Cabernet franc, the nose has aromas of sweet ripe fruit with lifted aromas of crushed red berries and darker cassis with hints of floral perfume from the Malbec and Petit Verdot with a flourish of tobacco and cedar from the Cabernet Sauvignon. The palate is vibrant, exuding ripe fruit and a rich texture finishing with supple fine grained tannins. The 2012 Ironclad is a fine example of what Waiheke can achieve in a cooler vintage. It has great fruit accessibility with a powerful structure coated in luxuriant fruit,supple yet powerful. It is an engaging wine in its youth that will reward patient cellaring revealing a refined structure and greater complexity with age. This is our greatest Ironclad yet.
About the Winery
Over two hundred years after Cook first sightedÂ Man Oâ€™ War,Â we were convinced that world class wine could be grown here. Throwing caution to the wind we began planting our first vines in 1993. Today,Â Man Oâ€™ WarÂ consists of 150 acres of vines planted in 76 individual hillside blocks, each with a distinct soil profile and microclimate. Every single block bears the footprints, and sometimes the names, of those who transformedÂ Man Oâ€™ Warâ€™sÂ rugged hillsides into a spectacular patchwork of vines. Each block has been meticulously designed with different rootstocks, clones and planting densities to best match the specific terroir on offer. Driven by this blueprint, our white varieties have been carefully placed high on the exposed volcanic hilltops ofÂ Man Oâ€™ WarÂ so that they benefit from cooling sea breezes, extending their growing season and giving them great concentration and minerality. While our red varieties are draped down precipitously steep sheltered clay hillsides enjoying the heat and drainage provided, promoting serious intensity and depth.
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