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