Man O' War Ironclad 2015, Waiheke

Man O' War

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Man O' War Ironclad 2015, Waiheke
Man O' War Ironclad 2015, Waiheke

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  • Unfortunately, we cannot guarantee having the stock in store or the specific vintage that you have ordered. On most occasions, if we do not have the stock that you want on hand, we can source it. We will contact you if there are any issues with your order.
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Tasting Notes:

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.

Vineyard & cellar notes

Man O’ War has 45 different vineyard sites dedicated to Bordeaux varietals. Each vineyard is meticulously sorted in the vineyard by hand harvesting and double sorted in the winery by both bunch and berry.

Each vineyard is kept separate from vineyard to barrel with the blend carefully selected from the 45 different parcels in the following year. The ferments are carefully managed with twice daily plunging by hand and fermentation carried out by native yeast.

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.

After blending the wines stay in tank for 4 months before a light filtration to bottle.

Tasting notes

2015 was a somewhat testing season with a cold start to the Spring delaying bud burst and lowering potential fruit set. The cool winds cleared as the season progressed but the harvest was still hampered with persistent rain events requiring an extraordinary effort in the vineyard to deliver fruit of impressive quality.

Our Bordeaux varieties of Cabernet franc, Merlot, Malbec, Petit Verdot and Cabernet Franc are planted across the property in steep, predominantly north facing sheltered valleys giving shelter to the cooling maritime winds and subsequently a hotter micro climate suitable for ripening rich red wines.

All fruit is hand harvested and destemmed before wild fermentation in vat. 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.

After blending the wines stay in tank for 4 months before a light filtration to bottle.

 

Man O' War Ironclad 2015, Waiheke
Man O' War Ironclad 2015, Waiheke

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