Our 2018 Estate sauvignon blanc comes from low yielding vineyards located on the hilltops surrounded by massive basalt boulders, remnants of a long forgotten volcanic eruption... The sites are cool being tempered by elevation and cooling sea breezes and also unsurprisingly have a unique volcanic make up to their soils. As with all our fruit the sauvignon blanc is hand harvested before being gently whole bunched pressed for settling into stainless steel tanks. A small portion was taken to barrel for fermentation with juice solids remaining with the remainder fermented clean and cool in tank.
A stylish and restrained vintage with herbaceous aromas intertwined with fresh mint, lemon grass and sea spray. Focused and light with a nice hint of texture from the barrel to balance the fresh acidity and vibrancy of fruit that the variety is known for.
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. Over two hundred years after Cook first sighted Man O’ War, and convinced that world class wine could be grown here they began planting their first vines in 1993. Today, Man O’ War consists of 150 acres of vines planted in 76 individual hillside blocks, each with a distinct soil profile and micro climate. Every single block bears the footprints, and sometimes the names, of those who transformed Man O’ War’s rugged hillsides into a spectacular patchwork of vines. Each block has been meticulously designed with different rootstocks, clones and planting densities to best match the specific terroir on offer. Driven by this blueprint, their white varieties have been carefully placed high on the exposed volcanic hilltops of Man O’ War so that they benefit from cooling sea breezes, extending their growing season and giving them great concentration and minerality, while their red varieties are draped down precipitously steep sheltered clay hillsides enjoying the heat and drainage provided, promoting serious intensity and depth.
BOB CAMPBELL MW
Bright, fresh white with stone fruit, nectarine and citrus flavours, together with a subtle suggestion of green capsicum and cut grass character. Appealing purity and a perfect balance of tangy acidity that helps drive a lengthy finish.