2012 Man O' War Ironclad Merlot Cabernets

2012 Man O' War Ironclad Merlot Cabernets

96 Points Bob Campbell MW
2012 Man O' War Ironclad Merlot Cabernets
96 Points Bob Campbell MW

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An incredibly rich and satisfying Bordeaux blend from Waiheke legends, Man O' War. With Merlot leading in this blend of Cabernet Franc and three other grapes, the palate is full and plush as well as complex, toasty and spicy. Huge fruit depth as well as eminent class and style make this another terribly satisfying and charismatic Man O' War, to drink now or cellar.

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$45.99 in mixed 6+ or $50.99 per bottle




Its Origins

First planted in 1993, at the eastern end of Waiheke Island, 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. Helmed by winemaker Duncan McTavish and vineyard manager Matt Allen, the wines represent a legacy of preservation and great respect for the land and its history.

What The Critics Say

96/100 Bob Campbell MW

"A remarkable wine from a challenging vintage. Dense, ripe, sweet berry and plum flavours with nuances of cedar, cigar box, cassis, Christmas cake and oriental spices. Deliciously drinkable now but no rush. 21/6/2016" Drink 2016 - 2023

4.5 Stars Michael Cooper

"Launched from 2008, this powerful red, grown at the eastern end of Waiheke Island, is typically a blend of Cabernet Franc and Merlot, with minor portions of Cabernet Sauvignon, Petit Verdot and Malbec. From a very cool, late-ripening season, the 2012 vintage (4.5*), matured in French oak casks (40 per cent new), is deeply coloured, powerful, generous and sweet-fruited, with blackcurrant, herb and nut flavours, showing excellent concentration and potential. The 2011 (4*), from a wet growing season, is slightly leaner, but tight and elegant, with excellent depth." Drink 2017 - 2024

19/20 Raymond Chan

"Full, dark, deep ruby-red with black hues and slight garnet tints on the rim. The bouquet is softly full and densely packed with a complex amalgam of savoury dark-red plum fruit with earth, dried and dark herbs. This has richness and some secondary detail, all seamlessly interwoven to form a deep heart. Full-bodied, the palate has a fulsome and harmoniously interwoven array of complex flavours of savoury dark-red plum fruit with a layering of dried herbs and earth. The fruit has lusciousness and is underlined by fine, grainy tannin extraction lending plenty of texture and presence. The mouthfeel has a fine edge of acidity that underlines the fruit and the wine carries to a long and elegant, complex, savoury finish. Match with slow-cooked game meat and casseroles over the next 10+ years. A blend of 29 components with 42% Cabernet Franc, 20% Malbec, 14% Petit Verdot, 13% Malbec and 8% Cabernet Sauvignon, indigenous yeast fermented without crushing to 15.0% alc., the wine aged 18 months in 35% new French oak. Considered the best ‘Ironclad’ to date. 19.0/20 May 2018 RRP $49.50." Drink 2018 - 2028+

Stats & Food Matching

  • Variety

    Cabernet Merlot Blend

  • Colour


  • Region

    Auckland & Waiheke Island

  • Closure


  • Volume


  • Alcohol


  • Maturity

    2016 - 2028+

This Wine Goes Well With

with BEEF
with GAME



Delivery & Returns

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If for any reason you are not entirely happy with your order or you suspect that they may be affected by a quality issue, please do not hesitate to contact us and we will remedy the problem straight away. Contact us on 0800 422 767.


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