Wine Region: Sidewinder, New Zealand
Grape: Sauvignon Blanc
The Sauvignon blanc is an exuberant expression of the traditional herbaceous style which trust New Zealand Sauvignon Blanc onto the worldƒ??s stage; fresh herbs, gooseberry, capsicum and nettle on the nose with tropical fruits such as mango and jack fruit expressed on the palate. The wine is conveying the volcanic influence in the soil through its minerality and elevated acidity which is well balanced with texture from the barrel influence and ripe fruit tannins extracted from the skins in the cloudy ferments.
About the Winery
Over two hundred years after Cook first sighted Man O’ War, 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, Man O’ War 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 transformed Man O’ War’s 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 of Man O’ War 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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