2012 Man O' War Kulta Syrah

2012 Man O' War Kulta Syrah

93 Points Richard Caro
2012 Man O' War Kulta Syrah
93 Points Richard Caro

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This special release is a top Syrah from Waiheke Island's Man O'War. The style is like a great Northern Rhone wine - packed with intense, bright fruit that is freighted with dark and savoury depths and decent structure of acid and tannin. The vineyard is like some Northern Rhone spots too - so steep and insane-making to manage that they call it the Asylum. The name 'Kulta' is the Finnish word for gold, so refers to top-end cargo in line with their nautical theme. Man O War are climbing to the top of the pile, with their Syrah wines shining in particular for their vibrant fruit and earthy, savoury layering. With four years on the clock and serious concentration, no doubt this one is - as they say - a modern classic in the making.

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$86.99 in mixed 6+ or $96.99 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

90+/100 Parker's Wine Advocate, Lisa Perrotti-Brown

"Produced in 100% new French oak Puncheons and using 60% whole cluster fermentation, the 2012 Kulta Syrah has a deep garnet color and well defined black fruit notes on the nose – crushed blackberries and black cherries - with a hint of blueberries plus nuances of cloves, anise and sage. Medium to full-bodied with great concentration and a crisp acid line, it has medium to firm chewy tannins (a little astringent) and a long finish." Drink 2014 - 2020

Winemaker notes on current vintage

Made in the style of the great wines of the Northern Rhone, this Kulta Syrah 2012 pays tribute to the style. Finesse and complexity of character that typifies the old world style of winemaking.From the beginning it is attention grabbing with scents of lively red fruits, spice box, earth, violets and garrigue with touches of wet earth and bacon fat. On the palate, the wine is concentrated with more of the red fruits and hints of olive tapenade with earthy tannins tending to the meat derived characters. Finishing dense yet lively and fresh this Kulta Syrah is destined to be a modern classic.

Stats & Food Matching

  • Variety

    Shiraz / Syrah

  • Colour


  • Region

    Auckland & Waiheke Island

  • Volume


This Wine Goes Well With

with GAME
with LAMB



Delivery & Returns

We deliver throughout New Zealand and to some locations overseas. Our deliveries are made by trusted third party carriers. For further details on prices and delivery options please go to DELIVERY INFORMATION section of our site.

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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