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2017 Man O' War Exiled Pinot Gris

2017 Man O' War Exiled Pinot Gris

'Moderately sweet pinot gris with intense honey, ripe pear, melon and subtle citrus flavours... An interesting wine with character and drinkability.' 
91 Points - Bob Campbell, The Real Review

$28.99 Per Bottle


$173.94 (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.

    Named in tribute to Napoleon’s final place of exile where he was banished after his defeat at Waterloo. Exiled is awarded to Man O' War's most prized Pinot Gris, made exclusively from the St Helena clone grown on their vineyards.


    Vintage 2017 began with a settled and dry Spring resulting in great flowering and a corresponding excellent fruit set. Dry drought like conditions continued into January providing terrific fruit flavours and tannins before a number of intense periods of rainfall, culminating in the arrival of Cyclone Debbie wreaked havoc with the vintage. Similar to 2016 careful attention to detail in the vineyard paid off in what was another challenging vintage!

    Pinot gris for the Exiled come the St Helena clone of Pinot gris grown on both Waiheke and Ponui Islands. Lightly crushed and pressed then settled in tank before being racked with light solids into tank for fermentation. A mixture of un-inoculated and cultured yeast ferments are used with each vineyard fermenting slowly until the desired balance of acid, tannin and sugar is reached. The wines are then chilled to below zero to stop the fermentation before blending, the blend is held at low temperatures in the cellar until bottling to retain as much of the natural carbon dioxide as possible.


    The 2017 Exiled has a residual sugar of 21 grams per litre and is pure and delicate with notes of lemon grass, ginger and fresh mandarin. The palate is elegant and vibrant with clean minerality towards the finish which is further enhanced by natural carbon dioxide retained from the fermentation. Perfect as an aperitif.


    'Moderately sweet pinot gris with intense honey, ripe pear, melon and subtle citrus flavours supported by tangy acidity and a suggestion of peppery tannins. An interesting wine with character and drinkability.'
    91 Points - Bob Campbell, The Real Review