Words, wise or otherwise, about wine

Man O’ War Chardonnay 2011

Man O War Chardonnay 2011

I’m shocked to see that I haven’t posted a blog article or tasting note for months. I can blame all manner of things, work pressures, multiple tax returns, busy family life etc etc but the truth is probably procrastination and laziness. Time to get a grip!

Let’s start with one of the best wines I had on a holiday to New Zealand earlier this year (I told you I’d been busy!) It was a family holiday so there wasn’t a lot of time for serious wine visits but I did squeeze a couple of serious wines in. This was one of them.

Situated on the beautiful island of Waiheke just off Auckland, Man O’ War is located on the Eastern side of the island on exposed volcanic hilltops. This is their regular Chardonnay which receives a light oak touch with 2/3 of the wine fermented in stainless steel but this is enough to give it a tight flinty structure. Generously proportioned melon and grapefruit is threaded with a subtle floral note and leads to a stony mineral finish.  90/100

Bought for NZ$25 or about £13 this was the bargain of the holiday and the photo above was taken on Palm Beach in Waiheke were we spent a fabulous few days with friends with a fair quantity of this wine contributing to the experience!

I haven’t seen this vintage in the UK yet but Wine-Searcher shows 2009 at about £18.

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