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Ironclad 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.
38% New French Oak
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Rated as Waiheke Islands finest vintage to date, 2013 delivered fruit of exceptional quality. Man O’ War has a vast array of different vineyard sites dedicated to the five traditional Bordeaux varietals of Cabernet franc, Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon, Petit Verdot and Malbec. Each vineyard is meticulously hand harvested and double sorted in the winery.
The wild ferments are carefully managed with twice daily plunging and/or pump After an average of 30 days in vat the wines are gently pressed direct to barrel and remain on their yeast lees until blending. Malolactic fermentation occurs spontaneously in the spring. Each vineyard is kept separate from vineyard to barrel with the blend carefully selected in the following year. After blending the wines stay in tank for 4 months before a light filtration to bottle.
96 / 5 Stars Bob Campbell
5 Stars Raymond Chan
95 / 5 Stars Sam Kim Wine Orbit
94 Cameron Douglas
91+ Robert Parker Wine Advocate
On the nose there is huge complexity of both blue and black fruits, crushed stone, chalk and wild thyme. The palate is very concentrated with a supple texture in the mid palate progressing to a streak of minerality towards the finish contributing freshness to the wine and complementing a huge quantity of fine grained tannins
Ironclad 2013 will reward decanting in its youth and will also reward long patient cellaring with a wine of immense complexity, power and longevity.