Man O’ War ‘Gravestone’ Sauvignon Blanc/Semillon Waiheke Island 2016

Blended White from New Zealand - Northland & Auckland
Review Date : 24-May-2018
Brilliant, even, lemon-hued straw-yellow colour with slight green-gold tints, pale edged. The nose is elegantly proportioned with finely packed aromas of nectarines and greengages with green stonefruits, along with soft notes of fresh and dark herbs, subtle nutty elements and lifted white florals. Mineral nuances emerge and intensify with aeration. Dry to taste and medium-bodied, the palate has a rounded but densely packed heart of fresh and lively green stonefruits along with greengages and nectarines, entwined with nutty oak nuances and floral and mineral detail. This has good presence and depth, and fine underlying lacy acidity, and the wine carries smoothly along a fine line, leading to a detailed finish. This is a moderately concentrated, oak-influenced Sauvignon-based wine with green stonefruit flavours on a smooth palate line. A blend of 70% Sauvignon Blanc, given extended skin contact, and 30% Semillon, all the fruit fully barrel-fermented to 12.5% alc., the wine aged 6 months in barrel, with approx. 10% of the wood Acacia, and half of this being new. 18.0/20 May 2018 RRP $29.50

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