Man O’ War Ironclad Merlot Blend 2011 is named in honour of the 19th Century warships characterised by the iron armour bolted onto their wooden hulls, much as iron courses through the veins of our warm clay hillside vineyards.
SILVER MEDAL ~ International Wine Challenge 2011 – Enormous wine! Chocolate and spice on nose, touch of mint, lovely grip on finish from tannins. http://www.internationalwinechallenge.com
BEST NEW WORLD RED WINE, Stephen Spurrier, Decanter Magazine, January 2010 – An arresting Bordeaux Blend. Smoky from oak ageing with magnifi cent berry fruits and leathery undertones. Enjoy now to 10 years.
Canvas Magazine, John Hawkesby, “The chance Cook missed”,March 2011 – Much -lauded by authoritative British magazine Decanter as an arresting, head-turning Bordeaux blend. Merlot-dominant with cabernet franc providing an earthy nose, floral touches courtesy of malbec and petit verdot and cabernet sauvignon in the mix for good measure. Complex and complete.
Michael Cooper’s Buyers Guide 2011 The powerful, youthful 2008 vintage ( ½), from the eastern end of Waiheke Island, is Merlot-based (52 per cent), with smaller portions of Cabernet Franc, Malbec, Petit Verdot and Cabernet Sauvignon. Matured in French and American oak casks (25 per cent new), it is deeply coloured, sturdy (14.5 per cent alcohol) and packed with blackcurrant, plum, spice and nut fl avours, slightly chocolatey, ripe and long. Savoury, rich, complex and firmly structured, it’s one for the cellar; open 2012+
GOLD MEDAL ~ New Zealand International Wine Competition 2010 http://www.nziws.co.nz
92 POINTS, Tiding Magazine, Harry Hertscheg, November 2010