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2014 Man O War Sauvignon BlancBlend from New Zealand

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"2014 was an excellent vintage with the Sauvignon blanc and Semillon (4% of the blend) all coming in relatively early but ripe and in impeccable condition. All the grapes were ...

  • 90 Wine Spectator
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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. Drink now.

Product Description:

"2014 was an excellent vintage with the Sauvignon blanc and Semillon (4% of the blend) all coming in relatively early but ripe and in impeccable condition. All the grapes were whole bunch pressed however each of the Sauvignon blanc vineyards harvest were split into two batches, one for traditional stainless steel fermentation and the other for cloudy juice ferments in barrel with wild yeasts. The Semillon was racked clean into old barrels for fermentation. After fermentation the barrels (50% Seasoned French Oak, 5% Acacia) were kept on their lees for six months prior to blending and bottling. The 2014 Sauvignon blanc shows fresh herbs, jalapeƱo, gooseberry, and nettle on the nose with jack fruit and bell pepper on the palate. The wine is conveying the volcanic influence in the soil through its minerality and elevated acidity which is well balanced with texture from the barrel influence and ripe fruit tannins extracted from the skins in the cloudy ferments." - Winery

Product Detail

Item # 97876
Country New Zealand
Region North Island
Sub-Region Waiheke Island
Ratings

90 - Wine Spectator

Vintage 2014
Color White
ABV 14.5%
Varietal(s) Sauvignon Blanc, Semillon
Size 750 mL
Closure Screwtop
Features
Taste grass, gooseberry, grapefruit, lime, melon, citrus, mineral, flint, fig, lemon, pear, saffron and bell pepper
Nose apple, pear, kiwi, citrus, stone, grapefruit, melon, apricot, quince, honey, pineapple and cream