Man O'War Pinot Gris 2011 (6 x 750mL), Ponui Island, NZ.

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Ponui Island is located to the south east of Waiheke Island in the Hauraki Gulf. It is here that we have chosen to grow Pinot Gris where cool sea breezes temper the south facing slopes. Made up of two distinctly diff erent clones; our GM clone which is picked relatively early and the St Helena clone which we hang out as long as possible on the vine and in great years makes our reserve Pinot gris. Both clones are treated in a similar manner with whole bunch pressing and cold settling prior to fermentation. There is no fining of the juice which provides tannin in the finished wine so after we have racked the clear juice off the juice lees the lees are resettled and racked again before the last of the lees are filtered. A long slow ferment with cultured yeast follows and the wines a ‘stopped’ when the correct balance of sugar, acid and tannin is achieved. The ferments are stopped by dropping the temperature to zero degrees which also ensures the natural carbon dioxide from the fermentation remains in the wine.

NZ - Other New Zealand
New Zealand

Winery Tasting Notes


The 2011 has touches of cinnamon, spice and canned apricot from the St Helena clone and more subtle characters of peach, pear and chalk from the GM clone.


The wine has a balance of natural sugar, acid, tannin and a lifted spritz on the palate which gives the wine liveliness. Although it is a relatively sweet wine the balance of the key elements means the wine is refreshing and fl avoursome and not at all cloying.

NZ - Other New Zealand
Grape Style
Pinot Grigio / Gris
Closure Type
Screwcap closure

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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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