Man O’ War Sauvignon Blanc 2015 was a good vintage with the Sauvignon blanc and Sémillon (10% of the blend) all coming in mid March in great condition. All the grapes were whole bunch pressed however each of the Sauvignon blanc vineyards harvest were split into two batches, one for traditional stainless steel fermentation and the other for cloudy juice ferments in barrel with wild yeasts. The Sémillon was racked clean into old barrels for fermentation. After fermentation the barrels were kept on their lees for nine months prior to blending and bottling
The 2015 Sauvignon blanc is an exuberant expression of the traditional herbaceous style which thrust New Zealand Sauvignon Blanc onto the world’s stage; fresh herbs, gooseberry, capsicum and nettle on the nose with tropical fruits such as mango and jack fruit expressed on the palate. The wine is conveying the volcanic influence in the soil through its minerality and elevated acidity which is well balanced with texture from the barrel influence and ripe fruit tannins extracted from the skins in the cloudy ferments.
Decanter Magazine “Weekday Wine”, May 2011 A pleasingly diff erent take on NZ Sauvignon, notes of sweet garden pea, rhubarb & ash mix with grapefruit & a saline hint. http://www.decanter.com
Bob Campbell MW, A delicious medley of ripe tree and tropical fruit flavours supported by fresh, fruity acidity. Very appealing Sauvignon Blanc in a fairly unique style. Will appeal to those who like the flavour of Sauvignon Blanc but don’t like the high acidity. Dry-ish and nicely balanced with a lingering finish. http://www.bobcampbell.co.nz
Located at the eastern end of Waiheke Island, in New Zealand’s Hauraki Gulf, Man O’ War is spread across 4500 acres of rugged coastal farmland. Almost 90 individual pockets of Man O’ War’s hillsides have been carefully selected and developed for wine growing, each chosen for the unique and exceptional qualities they bring to the wines.
Meticulous design ensures that the distinct soil profile and microclimate of each block is used to best advantage to match the specific terroir on offer, fusing classic Old World techniques with innovative New World ideas to present wines with a hallmark elegance, balance and texture.