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2014 Man O' War Death Valley Malbec

2014 Man O' War Death Valley Malbec

This is a rich, robust and vigorous Malbec with ripe blackberry, boysenberry and plum flavours showing power and linearity.'
18 / 20 Points - Raymond Chan

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$209.94 (Case 6 x 750ml)

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  • The Man O’ War story begins with a special piece of land rich in history. Located at the eastern end of Waiheke Island, Man O’ War is a stunning array of coastal hillsides with high cliffs and pristine beaches forming a ruggedly beautiful coastline.

    It was along this coastline that Captain James Cook came to anchor during his first voyage around the islands of New Zealand in 1769. Upon sighting the ancient stands of magnificent Kauri trees ashore, Cook noted in his journals that they would make ideal masts for the Man O’ War warships of the Royal Navy. Thus the name Man O’ War was bestowed upon this unique land.

    The fruit for this wine comes from a small single vineyard folded into the warm clay hillsides of Eastern Waiheke Island. Breathtakingly steep with a perfect northern exposure for robust ripeness.


    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 Malbec was hand harvested and sorted in the winery before destemming to vat. Malbec is a particularly fragile grape particularly when picked very ripe so the fruit essentially crushed itself going into vat. We then added sulphur and left the fruit to soak for 2 or 3 days before fermentation kicked off. After a nice hot fermentation (up to 36 C) with twice daily pump overs the wine stayed in vat for 30 days before pressing off on the 2nd of May into old French oak. After ageing in barrel for 19 months we swapped 5% of the wine into new American oak for 8 weeks in order to soak up some oak sugars and flavour without extracting wood tannin. After a total of 11 months in oak the wine was then bottled prior to harvest.


    The wine is deep garnet-purple in colour with lifted aromas of blueberries and plums with hints of floral perfume, dark chocolate and cured meats. The palate is fruitful and vibrant with excellent concentration and age worthy tannins.


    'Dark, deep, near saturated black-red with youthful purple hues, a little lighter on the rim. The nose is full and evenly packed with aromas of ripe blackberry and boysenberry fruit, along with a soft and harmonious amalgam of earth, spices and cedar. Full-bodied, the palate has rich and sweetly ripe flavours of blackberries, boysenberries and plums, unfolding liquorice and spice notes. The fruit is vibrant and supported by grainy tannin structure and grip, with fresh, lacy acidity adding to the vitality. The mouthfeel is vigorous and robust with good energy and line carrying the wine to a full, solid and lingering finish of dark plums, liquorice and spices. This is a rich, robust and vigorous Malbec with ripe blackberry, boysenberry and plum flavours showing power and linearity.'
    18 / 20 Points - Raymond Chan

    'An unusual and individual expression of Malbec, with a soft and quite light texture showing appealing sweet fruit, chocolate, dark berry and some floral characters. The wine has power but delivers it with a light touch. An attractive wine that's accessible and very drinkable.'
    92 Points - Bob Campbell