Man O’War, Dreadnought, Waiheke Island, Aukland, 2012

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Tasted by: Melanie Brown, Christine Parkinson, Philip Tuck MW
Drinking Window: 2015 - 2025
<p>Made from five tiny vineyards on Waiheke Island &ndash; Man O&rsquo;War has 150ha planted on 76 individual hillside blocks. 2012 was a wet and challenging vintage. To produce a wine of such quality in a year like that is a great credit to Man O&rsquo;War&rsquo;s adventurous winemaker Duncan McTavish and his team. It was a vintage where handpicking and sorting were essential if you wished to achieve a top result, which they did.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><em><strong>Melanie Brown</strong></em><br /> Delightfully charismatic purity that runs through this wine. Exceptional acid balance and oak integration, with layers of flavour that evolve on the palate to a long, attractive length.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><em><strong>Christine Parkinson</strong></em><br /> Piquant black fruit and sweet cola and raspberry flavours with distinct minerality. Serious, dense and long. Poised, elegant and classy.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><em><strong>Philip Tuck MW</strong></em><br /> Muted spice on the nose and a medium-bodied palate for Gimblett Gravels. This is a more elegant style of New Zealand Syrah that will have great appeal. Impressive length and very sensitively made.</p>
Producer
Man O’War
Brand
Dreadnought
Vintage
2012
Colour
Red
Country
New Zealand
Region
Waiheke Island
Alcohol
14.50%