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Man O' War - Sauvignon Blanc 2019

White wine from Waiheke Island · New Zealand
Price: £18.50
Case Rate: £18.50
Ex Tax: £12.33
Wine Region: Waiheke Island
Wine Maker: Duncan McTavish
Grape: Sauvignon Blanc
Grape Percentage: 100%
Alcohol Percentage: 12.5%
Unit Quantity (ml): 750
Best To Drink: Drink Now
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87 pts  Wine Advocate/Robert Parker
Wine Region: Waiheke Island
Wine Maker: Duncan McTavish
Grape: Sauvignon Blanc
Grape Percentage: 100%
Alcohol Percentage: 12.5%
Unit Quantity (ml): 750
Best To Drink: Drink Now

Wine tasting notes

Aromas of lemongrass and fresh herbs with tropical guava notes lead into a palate of vibrant acidity and a touch of sweetness on the front of the palate to balance out a fresh spicy finish. Grown on sites perched high on the hill tops of Man O’ War Station, this is a classic cool climate Sauvignon blanc; aromatic, juicy and fresh.

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 (2014) - 87 pts

Dec 2015 - Lisa Perrotti-Brown - Containing a dollop of Semillon and with a proportion fermented in oak, the 2014 Sauvignon Blanc is scented of fresh hay, dried herbs, preserved lemons and grapefruit peel with a hint of fresh lime. Light to medium-bodied, it has a very zesty acid line with intense citrus and herbal flavors, finishing with a pleasant savory edge. (2014) - 16.5 pts

Tasted Feb 2016 - Aromas of stones, nettles and peapod. Tight, crisp and exceptionally tangy on the palate - so much so that it has a peppery effect without the flavour of pepper. (JH)

Wine Spectator (2014) - 90 pts

Oct 2015 - Intriguing, with toasted fennel seed, Meyer lemon, melon and peach flavors, accented by a note of saline and roasted peanut. The citrus and mango flavors at the core are bright and focused, with a zingy finish.

James Suckling (2014) - 92 pts

An attractive fresh and mouthwatering nose that offers up plenty of herbal elements, greener lime fruits and apples. The palate's crisp and bright with plenty of lime and passion fruit flavor, some lemony notes here too - sees a small portion of semillon added in. Crunchy finish. Drink now.

Raymond Chan (2014) - 16.5+ pts

Bright, even, pale straw-yellow colour, lighter on rim. The nose is fresh, tightly bound and steely with cool-spectrum aromas of cut grass, nettles and green peas nuanced by subtle smoke and flinty lees elements. Dry to taste and medium-bodied, the flavours of cut grass, green stonefruits and flinty minerals are sweet, lush and lively with racy acidity enhancing the mouthwatering brightness. The fruit is underlined by grainy, drying phenolic textures that grow to become a prominent on the palate. The wine has plenty of mouthfeel and presence and carries to a dry, textured finish with crisp acid and stonefruit flavours. This is a crisp, racy, grassy and green stonefruit flavoured, oaked Sauvignon Blanc with dry textures. Serve with seafood, salads and vegetables, and Mediterranean fare over the next 3 years. 90% Sauvignon Blanc and 10% Semillon, all WBP, the Sauvignon Blanc fermented in tank and a cloudy portion by indigenous yeasts in barrel, the Semillon barrel-fermented, to 14.5% alc. and dryness, the wine aged 6 months on lees, 50% of the oak seasoned French, and 5% in acacia barrels

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Vinification notes

Hand harvested when the bunches were just turning from vibrant green to a shade of gold, whole bunch pressed and racked reasonably clear before a cool ferment in stainless steel tanks. Stopped with just a touch of natural sugar to balance out any residual fruit tannins then settled clear before bottling in the Spring.