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Man O' War - Gravestone Sauvignon Semillon 2017

White wine from Waiheke Island · New Zealand
Price: £21.95
Case Rate: £20.83
Ex Tax: £18.29
Country:
Wine Region: Waiheke Island
Wine Area: Ponui Island
Wine Maker: Duncan McTavish
Grape: Sauvignon/Semillon
Grape Percentage: 75% Sauvignon Blanc 25% Sémillon
Alcohol Percentage: 14%
Unit Quantity (ml): 750
Best To Drink: Drink Now - 2017
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89+ pts  Wine Advocate/Robert Parker
Country:
Wine Region: Waiheke Island
Wine Area: Ponui Island
Wine Maker: Duncan McTavish
Grape: Sauvignon/Semillon
Grape Percentage: 75% Sauvignon Blanc 25% Sémillon
Alcohol Percentage: 14%
Unit Quantity (ml): 750
Best To Drink: Drink Now - 2017

Wine tasting notes

Taking it’s name from the fluted basalt boulders that solemnly surround our volcanic hilltop vineyards, Gravestone is bequeathed upon the finest blend of Sauvignon Blanc and Sémillon we are blessed with each vintage. Classic Sémillon characters of chalk dust and fresh herbs with complex fennel bulb characters from the wild Sauvignon. The palate is focused and structured with tense acidity and ripe fruit tannins giving persistence and clarity.

Winery information

Man O' War

Located at the eastern end of Waiheke Island, in New Zealand's Hauraki Gulf, Man O' War boasts a pristine and beautiful spread of coastal hillsides with high cliffs and stunning beaches. This rugged and beautiful coastline was "discovered" in 1769 by Captain James Cook, and today we take responsibility for maintaining its beauty and integrity for future generations.

Under our family's stewardship for almost 30 years, we first introduced grapes to Man O' War in 1993, firm in the belief that world class wines could be produced here. Since then we have carefully selected and developed almost 90 individual pockets of Man O' War's hillsides for wine growing, each chosen for the unique and exceptional qualities they bring to our wines.

Today 150 acres of vines are strategically placed around Man O' War's 4500 acres, enhancing its intrinsic beauty. Meticulous design ensures that the distinct soil profile and microclimate of each block is used to best advantage with different rootstocks, clones and planting densities selected to match the specific terroir on offer.

At Man O' War an exceptional and passionate team of people come together to bring you unique world class wines that reflect the distinctive treasure of land from which they come. Our winemaking team possesses broad and extensive experience and we pride ourselves on fusing classic Old World techniques with innovative New World ideas.

Expert reviews

Wine Advocate/Robert Parker (2013) - 89+ pts

Jan 2015. Reviewer : Lisa Perrotti Brown - Produced from 70% tank fermented Sauvignon Blanc and 30% Semillon fermented and aged in old oak puncheons, the 2013 Gravestone has a nose is redolent of grapefruit, lemon curd and ripe apples with hints of cedar and freshly chopped herbs. Medium-bodied, it offers tons of crisp, citrusy flavor, with apparent but not aggressive oak and a long finish. It should age reasonably well.


Vinous/Antonio Galloni (2013) - 89 pts

May 2016 - Pale, bright yellow. Pungent scents of crystallized lemon peel and grapefruit. Juicy, intense flavors of white peach, guava, green melon and quinine plus a grassy nuance, with a hint of phenolic bitterness that McTavish says is intentional. A thick, ripe, concentrated Sauvignon Blanc with enticing sweetness of fruit (but technically dry) and very good length. Comes across as riper and sweeter--more candied--than the typical Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc but has lively appley acidity. Two thousand thirteen was a very concentrated vintage, with production of just one ton an acre, according to McTavish, who noted that yields on Waiheke Island are typically low due to sea breezes during the flowering.


JancisRobinson.com (2013) - 16.5 pts

Tasted Feb 2016 - Very aromatic grassy nose plus a sweet oak note. Bold, contrasting. (RH)


James Suckling (2013) - 93 pts

A terrific take on the Bordeaux blanc style with a nicely judged oak component adding nutty savory notes to the bright pure citrus and stone fruit aromas. The palate's smooth and supple, really even and juicy, with terrific composure. Lemon and nectarine flavors run long; handy balance.


Wine Front (2013) - 92 pts

Struck match and sulphides, rockmelon, butter, citrus. Burst of flavour, intense acidity and flavour of lime, butter and cumquats. Some warmth showing, perhaps. Tight acidity and a flinty finish of very good length. Plenty packed into its neat frame.

Vinification notes

As always the fruit was hand harvested and in 2013 in excellent condition. We harvest the Sauvignon blanc based on the acidity and generally find very exotic fruit characters. Sémillon we get as ripe as possible looking for very ripe and golden bunches. The Sémillon and a portion of the Sauvignon Blanc was fermented seperately in oak puncheons as clear juice and cultured yeast and the remainder Sauvignon Blanc in tank as cloudy juice and wild yeast.