Estate Chardonnay
Waiheke Island

Estate Chardonnay

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Tasting Notes

The 2019 Estate Chardonnay has an abundance of aromas from meyer lemon, green apple, and quince to yellow plum and nectarine. There are subtle notes of brioche and toasted almond. The palate is rich yet incredibly focussed with a length of acidity running through the entire palate structure, slicing through the weight and concentration and complementing the natural fruit tannin. This is an epic wine.

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Vineyard & Winemaking

2019 was an exceptional vintage with a perfect fruit set in the Spring
followed by a hot settled summer and practically no rain during the
harvest months.

All our Chardonnay parcels are hand harvested and macerated before
pressing. The pressed juice is left un-fined in tank to begin spontaneous
fermentation with wild yeasts. The fermenting juice is then fed and
transferred to 500 litre French oak puncheons for fermentation that is
hot and fast. The wines are then left on gross lees until blending, small
doses of sulphur dioxide are added at topping to help prevent the onset
of malolactic fermentation, no lees stirring is carried out.

The estate Chardonnay typically comes from our earlier harvested
vineyards that are located on our volcanic influenced soils, cooler and
exposed to the sea breezes these vineyards have a exceptional mix of
mineral finesse and power.

Duncans Notes

Our Estate Series wines offer excellent value for money and exhibit true characteristics of Waiheke grown fruit. Man O’ War spends a great deal of time balancing the palate and flavour profiles to create unique, approachable varietals to compliment any occasion.