Ironclad Bordeaux Blend
Waiheke Island

Ironclad Bordeaux Blend


Tasting Notes 

The Ironclad 2018 is predominantly Cabernet Franc and Merlot supported by Petit Verdot and Cabernet Sauvignon. The nose is a mixture of red and black fruit with pencil lead and sous-bois and a hint of incense. The palate is medium bodied with a ferrous grip that knots together with some excellent acidity. The flavours are more of the black fruit with some attractive herbal notes highlighting the Cabernet Franc.

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Vintage 2018 began with a settled and dry Spring resulting in great
flowering and a corresponding excellent fruit set. We then enjoyed a
relatively hot summer although there were intense periods of rainfall
thanks to ex Tropical Cyclone Fehi and Gita which put the pressure on
during harvest time.
Temperatures remained warm into the harvest months increasing
humidity however with careful attention to detail in the vineyard we were
rewarded with excellent fruit.
Components for the Ironclad come from an array of steep hillside
vineyards each planted in one of the five traditional varieties of
Bordeaux. After careful hand harvesting the fruit is delivered to
the winery and then put across a sorting table before being 100%
de-stemmed and delivered to open vats for fermentation.
All of our red ferments undergo fermentation with wild yeasts with
pump overs being carried out twice daily. Following an extended time
on skins (average 35days in vat) the wines are gently pressed and taken
straight to barrel for natural malolactic fermentation in the spring.
The wines are racked once to a blend after 18 months before further
maturing in tank for 3 months prior to bottling.

Reviews and Accolades

Cameron Douglas, Master Sommelier - 93 Points, "Flavours reflect the nose with the plums and dark berries, dark brown spices of oak and toasty wood, a vanilla and clove layer. Firm tannins, medium+ acidity, great balance and length. A classic Man O' War wine."

Bob Campbell, Master of Wine - 93 Points, "Lighter and more forward than the previous vintage, with a pleasing savoury edge and greater floral influence."