Man O’ War Estate Merlot Cabernet Franc 2014

Man O’ War Estate Merlot Cabernet Franc 2014

$28.00 NZDPer Bottle

Deep garnet-purple in colour with lifted aromas of crushed red berries and darker cassis with hints of floral perfume, clove, Mediterranean herbs and cedar. The palate is vibrant with good concentration and supple approachable tannins.  The 2014 Man O’ War Bordeaux exudes ripe red berry fruits, a hint of spice and a long persistent finish that is engaging in its youth but will reward careful cellaring for 3-5 years acidity.

5 STARS – Bob Campbell MW, June 2016

4.5 STARS – Sam Kim, Wine Orbit, April 2017

4 STARS – Michael Cooper, Michael Cooper’s 2017 Buyers Guide

4 STARS – Raymond Chan, April 2017

  • Waiheke Island
  • Man O' War
  • 2014
Case sizes are sold in multiples of 6 x bottles
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2014 was a relatively moderate season, climatically, for Waiheke; with a return to average rainfall and sunshine hours after the drought of 2013. Flowering was excellent which resulted in very good yields across most varieties. With vigilance and patience shown in the vineyards it was more than possible to ripen the crop to optimum levels prior to harvesting. The overall impression of 2014 are fruit driven wines of impeccable balance with the wines lending themselves to slightly less time in oak and earlier bottling. Each parcel was hand harvested and sorted in the winery after destemming with predominantly no crushing of the fruit with the exception of the Petit Verdot. All of the parcels began wild fermentation after 3 or 4 days during which time the juice was carefully pumped over to extract the softer tannin, flavour and colour before more rigorous pumping over throughout fermentation. Left in vat for over 30 days; the ferments were gently pressed off before going to barrel for 18 months. Un-inoculated malolactic fermentation takes place in barrel before blending and bottling in the following year.

BLEND:50% Merlot, 20% Cabernet Franc, 15% Malbec, 10% Petit Verdot, 5% Cabernet Sauvignon

HARVEST DATE: 25/03/14 – 11/04/15

BRIX @ HARVEST: 24.5-25.8

BARREL: 100% Seasoned French Oak

T.A 5.4

PH 3.89

R.S 0 g/L

ALC 14.5%


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5 STARS - Bob Campbell MW, June 2016

4.5 STARS - Sam Kim, Wine Orbit, April 2017

4 STARS - Michael Cooper, Michael Cooper’s 2017 Buyers Guide

4 STARS - Raymond Chan, April 2017