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It is not the flesh but the skin of the grape that gives colour - and flavour. Hence some drinkers find reds more ‘satisfying’ - simply because they have more flavour sources! While whites have apple/citrus flavours of pulp, these are ‘built over’ in reds by stronger red and black fruit, spicy and earthy flavours caused by maceration (soaking/fermenting on skins). This ‘leaching’ is almost exclusive to reds, also leading to fuller texture and weight of solids (phenolics). The most important phenolics - besides colour compounds - are tannins. From both skin and pip, the quality of tannins help red wines to age and determines their style as soft and fruity (low tannin) or firm and structured (high tannin). 

Reds

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  1. 2014 Passage Rock Waiheke Island Reserve Syrah

    2014 Passage Rock Waiheke Island Reserve Syrah

    5 Stars Michael Cooper
    One of Waiheke's best Syrahs, the Passage Rock Reserve is a complex beast but not over-burdened, retaining lovely balance and layering of nutty, earthy complexity as well as delicious fruit to ...
    $57.99 in mixed 6+ or $64.99 per bottle
  2. 2016 Man O' War Dreadnought Waiheke Island Syrah

    2016 Man O' War Dreadnought Waiheke Island Syrah

    94 Points Richard Caro
    A icon of Waiheke Syrah from the local experts. As always with Man O' War it is 'velvet glove' power, with concentrated and expressive flavours that flow with elegance and layering, breadth and ...
    $58.99 in mixed 6+ or $65.99 per bottle
  3. 2013 Man O' War Ironclad Merlot Cabernets

    2013 Man O' War Ironclad Merlot Cabernets

    96 Points Bob Campbell MW
    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 ...
    $45.99 in mixed 6+ or $50.99 per bottle

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