Man O' War ‘Ironclad’ Merlot Cabernet Malbec 2013

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World Wine – A blended red made of 39.1% Cabernet Franc, 30.1% Merlot, 18% Cabernet Sauvignon, 6.7% Malbec and 6.1 Petit Verdot and aged in 25% new oak barriques, the deep garnet-colored 2013 Ironclad offers up red and black currants on the nose, plus slight touches of Mediterranean herbs, pepper, underbrush and a whiff of pencil shavings. Medium to full-bodied, vibrant and framed by medium-firm, fine tannins, it gives nice concentration through the long finish with oak poking through just a bit. Drink it now to 2025+.

About This Wine

On the nose the cassis from the Cabernet Sauvignon is quite overt but there is huge complexity underneath of both blue and black fruits, crushed stone, chalk and wild thyme. The palate is very concentrated with a supple texture in the mid palate progressing to a streak of minerality towards the finish contributing freshness to the wine and complementing a huge quantity of fine grained tannins. The 'Ironclad' 2013 will reward decanting in its youth and will also reward long, patient cellaring. It is a wine of immense complexity, power and longevity.

Type Red Wine
Varietal(s) Cabernet Franc Merlot Cabernet Sauvignon Malbec Petit Verdot
Country New Zealand
Region Waiheke
Brand Man O' War
Vintage 2013

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