2017 Man O' War Waiheke Ironclad Merlot Cabernets

93 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 depth as well as eminent class and style make this another terribly satisfying and charismatic Man O' War, to drink now or cellar.
Elsewhere up to $52.99 Save $8.00 $44.99 in mixed 6+ or $48.99 per bottle

Grape

Usually a blend of Cabernet Franc, Merlot, Petit Verdot, Malbec and 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

93/100 Bob Campbell MW

"A blend of cabernet franc, merlot, petit verdot, cabernet sauvignon and malbec. Lighter and more forward than the previous vintage, with a pleasing savoury edge and greater floral influence. Quite an elegant wine that's surprisingly accessible now. 05 MAR 2020."

93/100 Cameron Douglas MS

"Really decent bouquet of dark berries and plums, blackberries and cocoa, violet and wood smoke, marmite and toasty wood. On the palate - weighty, rich, fruity, woody and tasty. Flavours reflect the nose with the plums and dark berries, dark brown spices of oak and toasty wood, a vanilla and clove layer. Firm tannins, medium+ acidity, great balance and length. A classic M-O-War wine. Drink now and through 2023." Drink 2020 - 2023

Variety Cabernet Merlot Blend
Closure Cap
Volume 750ml
Alcohol 14.12%
Maturity 2021 - 2030

This Wine Goes Well With

with BEEF
with GAME
with STRONG CHEESE

Taste

4

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