2016 Man O' War Waiheke Ironclad Merlot Cabernets

2016 Man O' War Waiheke Ironclad Merlot Cabernets

95 Points Richard Caro
2016 Man O' War Waiheke Ironclad Merlot Cabernets
95 Points Richard Caro

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An intense and "dramatic" Bordeaux blend from Waiheke legends, Man O' War. With Merlot and Cabernet Franc leading 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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$46.99 in mixed 6+ or $52.99 per bottle



32% Cabernet Franc, 29% Merlot, 16% Petit Verdot, 12% Malbec and 11% Cabernet Sauvignon

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

Winemaker notes on current 2016 vintage

"Lifted aromas of fresh blueberry, crushed stone, brown spice and clove lead into a rich and succulent palate framed with a core of fine tannin and a long lingering finish. 2016 Ironclad is a classic Cabernet franc and Merlot dominant blend, totally appealing in its youth but developing more savoury notes with time and always rewarding careful cellaring."

95/100 James Suckling (2015 vintage)

"A majestic wine that has savoury, earthy, terra-cotta aromas with spiced dark berries, sweet-woody notes, mushrooms and poached blood plums. The palate has a rich and attractive feel with fresh, ripe and plush flavours that carry a wealth of rich dark and ripe berries and a vibrant hold on the finish. A blend of cabernet franc, petit Verdot, merlot, Malbec and cabernet sauvignon. Drink now. 14 Aug, 2019 "

96/100 Bob Campbell MW (2014 vintage)

"A flavoursome blend of cabernet franc, merlot, petit verdot, cabernet sauvignon and malbec from an excellent vintage. Rich, mellow red, with emerging bottle age adding extra interest to a medley of ripe berry fruits, mixed spice and a suggestion of floral character. A satisfyingly complex wine that promises to age well." Drink 2019 to 2024

Stats & Food Matching

  • Variety

    Cabernet Merlot Blend

  • Colour


  • Region

    Auckland & Waiheke Island

  • Closure


  • Volume


  • Alcohol


  • Maturity

    2020 - 2029

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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