Man O’ War ‘Tulia’ Waiheke Island Methode Traditionnelle Blanc de Blanc 2009

Sparkling Wine from New Zealand - Northland & Auckland
Review Date : 06-Nov-2012
Light golden-yellow colour with good depth, moderately persistent bead. The nose is softly full with aromas of ripe yellow stonefruits, and light, bready, yeasty autolysis, quite deep. Dryish to taste, the palate is soft, densely packed and broad with mouthfilling flavours and weight. Ripe stonefruits, nutty, toasty elements and restrained yeastiness. Though showing a roundness, there is good acidity and liveliness which tightens up the finish, the wine quite crisp and dry. 100% Chardonnay, clone 5 and Mendoza clone fruit from Pururi, hand-picked and WBP. Aged on lees 9 months, with 11.9% alc. and 6 g/L dosage. 17.5+/20 Oct 2012 RRP $49.99 100% Chardonnay, clone 5 and Mendoza from the ‘Pururi' vineyard, Waiheke Island, fermented to 11.9% alc., with 6 g/L dosage, the wine spending 9 months on lees. The secondary fermentation and disgorgement was carried out at No. 1 Family Estate. ‘Tulia' is the name of the first granddaughter. Dark, deepish golden-yellow colour with some depth, pale on rim, with persistent, moderately fine bubble. This has a full, broad nose with deep, complex aromas of yellow stonefruits and bready autolysis interwoven with dense aldehyde and nutty oxidative elements. Dry and fullish-bodied, this features powerful citrus and stonefruit flavours in a complex amalgam of yeasty autolysis, nuts and aldehydes. Racy acidity provides good cut to the mouthfilling flavours and lends firmness, drive and length. A full-flavoured, firm and crisp sparkling wine to match with seafood and poultry over the next 2 years. 540 cases made. 17.0/20 Jan 2012 RRP $44.90

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