2014 Man O' War Bordeaux Blend Waiheke Island New Zealand (Elsewhere $20+)

SKU #1312373 95 points Bob Campbell

 (Merlot, Cabernet Franc, Malbec, Petit Verdot) Big, rich, dense and yet accessible red with masses of dark fruits, chocolate and coffee plus a seasoning of spicy oak. A deliciously drinkable red, with a backbone of sweet, ripe tannins. Great value at this price.  (5/2016)

Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 Medium garnet in color, the 2014 Merlot / Cabernet / Malbec / Petit Verdot has a meaty / gamey nose over a core of creme de cassis, stewed tea and cigar boxes plus a touch of bay leaves. Medium-bodied, softly textured and with a generous amount of plum and earth laced flavors, it has appealing freshness and good length. (LPB)  (5/2017)

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Staff Image By: Stefanie Juelsgaard | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 7/25/2017 | Send Email
It's awesome to see a wine from Waiheke Island stateside, especially at this price as they are often much higher, simply due to the cost of getting them over here. This is a smooth, soft, deep-fruited red blend that would pair greatly with a steak dinner. I love that it has some soft tannin and juicy acidity to give it structure and brightness, but overall it's silky and perfect for different kinds of red lovers.

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- New Zealand is an extremely diverse wine-growing nation. The long history of producing wine started in the 1830s with wineries such as Mission Estate (1850) and Te Mata Estate (1896) still producing wine today. The two islands hold a multitude of different growing climates ranging from warmer areas such as Hawke’s Bay to very cool regions such as Waitaki, and Awatere. Most regions are defined as Maritime with the exception being Central Otago that has a moderate Continental climate with the high elevation creating dramatic diurnal swings in temperature. The plethora of grapes grown in New Zealand reflects this diverse microclimate make up. Everything has a place here, Bordeaux varietals and Syrah in Hawke’s Bay, Chardonnay and Pinot in Nelson, Pinot Noir and Riesling in Central Otago , aromatic whites in Waipara and pretty much everything you can imagine in Marlborough. New Zealand is also one of the “greenest” wine producing nations on earth (94% of wine certified sustainable in 2013) with a strong focus on organic and Biodynamic farming.
Alcohol Content (%): 14.5