Man O’ War ‘Ironclad’ Waiheke Island Cabernet Franc/Merlot/Petit Verdot/Malbec/Cabernet Sauvignon 2013

Blended Red from New Zealand - Northland & Auckland
Review Date : 24-May-2018
Full, even, near impenetrable black-hued red with slight purple hues, youthful in appearance. The nose is full with vibrantly fresh aromas of black and redcurrants along with a layering of cassis and fresh and dark herbs, a little liquorice and pencilly oak, all harmoniously interwoven and integrated. This has beautiful clarity of expression and unveils soft, savoury complexities with aeration. Full-bodied, the palate has beautifully ripe and rich, succulently sweet flavours of blackberries with black plums, cassis, dark herbs with some liquorice and spice, with pencilly oak. The fruit is youthful and possesses vitality, and underlined by fine, flowery tannin extraction providing plenty of structure and grip. The palate has balanced, refreshing acidity. The flavours form a concentrated core that carries with power and linearity to a very long and sustained, sweet-fruited finish. This is a very rich and succulently sweet, ripe Franc and Merlot-based blend with powerful and vibrant fruit flavours of blackberries, currants, plums, liquorice and spice on a very fine palate with great power. Serve with grilled and roasted red meats, and semi-hard cheeses over the next 12-15+ years. A blend of 32% Cabernet Franc, 29% Merlot, 16% Petit Verdot, 12% Malbec and 11% Cabernet Sauvignon, fermented to 14.5% alc., the wine aged 18 months in 35% new French oak. 19.5-/20 May 2018 RRP $49.50

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