Man O’ War ‘Death Valley’ Waiheke Island Malbec 2014

Malbec from New Zealand - Northland & Auckland
Review Date : 18-Apr-2017
Dark, deep, near saturated black-red with youthful purple hues, a little lighter on the rim. The nose is full and evenly packed with aromas of ripe blackberry and boysenberry fruit, along with a soft and harmonious amalgam of earth, spices and cedar. Full-bodied, the palate has rich and sweetly ripe flavours of blackberries, boysenberries and plums, unfolding liquorice and spice notes. The fruit is vibrant and supported by grainy tannin structure and grip, with fresh, lacy acidity adding to the vitality. The mouthfeel is vigorous and robust with good energy and line carrying the wine to a full, solid and lingering finish of dark plums, liquorice and spices. This is a rich, robust and vigorous Malbec with ripe blackberry, boysenberry and plum flavours shoeing power and linearity. Match with barbecued and roasted red meat dishes over the next 6-8+ years. 100% Malbec from the ‘Death Valley’ vineyard fermented to 14.5% alc., the wine aged 11 months in seasoned French oak, then 5% given a further 2 months in new American oak. 18.0+/20 Apr 2017 RRP $40.90

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