Man O'War `Ironclad` 2008 (6 x 750mL), Waiheke Island, NZ.

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Ironclad is named in honour of the 19th Century warships characterised by the iron armor bolted onto their wooden hulls, much as iron courses through the veins of our warm clay hillside vineyards.

Each parcel of fruit was kept separate through to the final blending sessions 15 months after harvest. The fruit was all hand harvested and destemmed into large open top fermenters for plunging and pump over’s. After fermentation the wines were gently pressed into a combination of new and old oak and allowed to go through Malolactic fermentation in the barrel.

NZ - Other New Zealand
New Zealand

Expert Reviews

The multi-award winning 2008 Ironclad has a tight, leafy nose that unfurls in the glass to reveal blackberry, raspberry leaf, a touch of fresh fig and boysenberry jam. The palate is medium-bodied, firm tannins, good weight, gentle but firm grip with a finely tuned, almost Cote-Rotie-like finish. This is one of Waiheke emerging stars: a top class Merlot that should age well. Rating 91 - Drink 2011-2017 - Neal Martin, Wine Advocate (OCT/2010)

Winery Tasting Notes

The 2008 Ironclad is a blend of 52% Merlot, 27% Cabernet Franc, 10.5% Malbec, 9.1% Petit Verdot and 1.4% Cabernet Sauvignon.

This wine is built with the Merlot component providing the fruit softness and lifted berry fruit aromas, the Cabernet Franc adding fragrant earthy notes and a sinewy structure.

Malbec brings ripe tannins and intense floral aromas while the Petit Verdot and Cabernet Sauvignon add density and tannin weight to the wine.

The blend draws all the elements of the five varieties together resulting in a complex aroma profile of cassis and red summer berries, earthy undertones with a touch of floral fragrance, tarmac and leather all framed within a mix of predominantly French oak and a small component of American oak.

Medals & Trophies

Best New World Red Wine”, Decanter (Stephen Spurrier) Jan 2010

Gold Medal, New Zealand International Wine Competition 2010

NZ - Other New Zealand
Grape Style
Other Red Blends
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Winery Profile

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Discovered in 1769, over two hundred years in the making, classic wine of the new world.

Over two hundred years after Cook first sighted Man O’ War we were convinced that world class wine could be grown here. Throwing caution to the wind we began planting our first vines in 1993. Today Man O’ War consists of 150 acres of vines planted in 76 individual hillside blocks, each with a distinct soil profile and microclimate.Every single block bears the footprints, and sometimes the names, of those who transformed Man O’ War’s rugged hillsides into a spectacular patchwork of vines. Each block has been meticulously designed with different rootstocks, clones and planting densities to best match the specific terroir on offer.Driven by this blueprint our white varieties have been carefully placed high on the exposed volcanic hilltops of Man O’ War so that they benefit from cooling sea breezes, extending their growing season and giving them great concentration and minerality. While our red varieties are draped down precipitously steep sheltered clay hillsides enjoying the heat and drainage provided, promoting serious intensity and depth.

With the belief that the greatest wines of the world are made in the vineyard, each small parcel of vines are carefully tended and harvested by hand, then vinified separately, fusing classic Old World techniques with innovative New World ideas. Our winemaking team is provided with the broadest possible palette from which to blend world class wines that are unique expressions of Man O’ War. Our wines are presented in two collections that represent our hallmark elegance, balance and texture.

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