Man O’ War Merlot Malbec 2010

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Quick Overview

The wine is deep garnet-purple in colour with lifted aromas of crushed red berries and darker cassis with hints of floral perfume, clove, Mediterranean herbs and cedar. The palate is vibrant with good concentration and supple approachable tannins. The 2010 Man O’ War Merlot Malbec exudes ripe red berry
fruits, a hint of spice and a long persistent finish that is engaging in its youth but will reward careful cellaring for 3-5 years.

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Wine Notes

Winemaker Notes: The fruit for this wine was all estate grown, hand harvested and delivered to the winery in impeccable condition. In the winery the fruit was subjected to rigorous sorting with the fruit sorted twice, before and after destemming. Depending on the vineyard or variety the berries were then either crushed and/or must pumped to the vat where they underwent a pre ferment soak for 4 days. Each variety, vineyard and block, pproximately 25 for this wine, were fermented as separate batches, many undergoing a wild ermentation while some were inoculated with
selected yeast strains. Each batch was plunged by hand twice daily during fermentation with gentle pump over’s during the cold soak and also for the extended time
on skins (total cuvasion of 28 days is typical), prior to pressing and going to barrel. Uninnoculated malolactic fermentation takes place in barrel before blending in the winter post harvest. The wine was held in tank for a
further 5 months for bottling early 2011.

Viticulture Notes: 2010 is arguably the greatest vintage Waiheke has seen for Bordeaux style red wines.

Technical Details

Alcohol: 14.5% %

Total Acidity: 5.85g/l

ph: 3.71


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