Similar to previous years, we select parcels of merlot, malbec and syrah specifically for the rose before pressing them gently over seven hours to produce pure pale juice for cold fermentation in stainless steel.
Pale pink. Crisp aromas of strawberry, watermelon and delicate floral notes. A very elegant palate finishing dry with plenty of refreshing carbon dioxide spritz left over from the fermentation. The 2018 Pinque is crisp, dry and elegant and pretty much perfect. 35% Merlot, 32% Malbec, 33% Syrah
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.