Wine Region: Waiheke Island, New Zealand
Valhalla 2016 is one of the best vintages of Chardonnay produced. Aromas of juicy nectarine flesh combine with charred apricot skin, lime, fresh herbs and the scent of Creme brulee. The palate has structure from fresh acidity and salivating tannin with flavours of nectarine,salt, lime and ginger coupled with the bitterness of caramelised sugar; all contributing to a wonderfully flavoursome wine of terrific length and character suitable for drinking or for storing away on the cellar.
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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