MAN O' WAR IRONCLAD MERLOT / CABERNET FRANC / MALBEC / CABERNET SAUVIGNON 2012

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MAN O' WAR IRONCLAD MERLOT / CABERNET FRANC / MALBEC / CABERNET SAUVIGNON 2012 is available to buy in increments of 1
45% Merlot, 20% Cabernet Franc, 14% Malbec, 13% Cabernet Sauvignon & 8% Petit Verdot
Winery notes (2011 Vintage)
"Ironclad is named in honour of the 19th Century warships characterised by the iron armour bolted onto their wooden hulls, much as iron courses through the veins of our warm clay hillside vineyards.

Predominantly Merlot and Cabernet franc, the nose has aromas of sweet ripe fruit with lifted aromas of crushed red berries and darker cassis with hints of floral perfume from the Malbec and Petit Verdot with a flourish of tobacco and cedar from the Cabernet Sauvignon. The palate is vibrant, exuding ripe fruit and a rich texture finishing with supple fine grained tannins. The 2012 Ironclad is a fine example of what Waiheke can achieve in a cooler vintage. It has great fruit accessibility with a powerful structure coated in luxuriant fruit,supple yet powerful. It is an engaging wine in its youth that will reward patient cellaring revealing a refined structure and greater complexity with age. This is our greatest Ironclad yet."
5 Stars & 96/100 Bob Campbell MW, July 2016 (2012 Vintage)
"A remarkable wine from a challenging vintage. Dense, ripe, sweet berry and plum flavours with nuances of cedar, cigar box, cassis, Christmas cake and oriental spices. Deliciously drinkable now but no rush. Ageing: now to 2023. Food match: Organic lamb with smoked potato, artichokes, mushrooms, silverbeet, tarragon."
4 1/2 Stars Michael Cooper (2012 Vintage)
"Launched from 2008, this powerful red, grown at the eastern end of Waiheke Island, is typically a blend of Cabernet Franc and Merlot, with minor portions of Cabernet Sauvignon, Petit Verdot and Malbec. From a very cool, late-ripening season, the 2012 vintage (4.5*), matured in French oak casks (40 per cent new), is deeply coloured, powerful, generous and sweet-fruited, with blackcurrant, herb and nut flavours, showing excellent concentration and potential."


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