Man O’ War Island Blend

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Man O’ War Island Blend

2019, Waiheke Island New Zealand
  • A Bordeaux inspired blend from the islands of Waiheke and neighbouring Ponui Island
  • 94/100 (Bob Campbell MW) - "Intense, flavoursome wine with cassis, dark berry, dried herbs, hedgerow and charcuterie flavours feature in this relatively complex wine"
  • Blend of Cabernet Franc, Malbec, Merlot and a splash of Petit Verdot
  • Gorgeous full bodied Bordeaux style red with big, bold flavours, ripe tannins and a touch of spice
  • RRP $35.99


    If you haven’t visited the eastern end of Waiheke Island, you’re missing out big time. Nestled in among sandy beaches, coves and picture perfect Aotearoa coastline you’ll find the Man O’ War vineyard.

    In 1769 Captain Cook saw the coastline’s potential for timber for the Royal Navy (thus the wine’s name). In 1993 the family behind this range of wines planted their first vines.

    Their estate white label Bordeaux blend has always been bang on for the money in our opinion and a great introduction to some of their more serious styles, if you’re prepared to splash out a bit more for the likes of Ironclad.

    They’ve relabeled this wine these days as their ‘Island Blend’ with the make up of the wine changing slightly year to year. This 2019 release is a Cabernet Franc (48%), Malbec (25%), Merlot (19%) and Petit Verdot (8%) blend. It’s a rich, heart warming Waiheke red using fruit from Waiheke and neighbouring Ponui Islands

    This has consistently been a top value Bordeaux blend over the years, and well priced for a decent Waiheke red! Loads of big, bold, rich flavours and sweet, ripe tannins with a touch of spice. Good to cellar for 3-5 years.

    The Lowdown: 14.5% alc / 750ml / Screwcap
    Bob Campbell MW – 4 Stars

    Penfolds Bin 389
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    2019, South Australia
    The Real Review – Top Rank
    Huon Hooke – 5 Stars
    James Halliday 96 Points


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    Man O' War Island Blend
    2019, Waiheke Island
    Bob Campbell MW – 4 Stars