Man O' War, Valhalla Chardonnay 2018

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  • Type:

    White

  • Country:

    New Zealand

  • Region:

    Waiheke Island

  • ABV:

    14.50%

  • Grape:

    Chardonnay

  • Grape Blend:

    Chardonnay 100%

  • Winemaker:

    Duncan McTavish

  • Bottle Size:

    750ml

Man O War Valhalla Chardonnay 2018 - Wine

Tasting Notes

The Valhalla Chardonnay has layers of tropical fruits, stone fruit, and hazelnut, mineral and complex toast/smoke characters. The palate is all about elegance and discreet power with silken texture and vibrant acidity framing a clean fresh uncluttered palate. The wine finishes with its hallmark grapefruit bitterness.

Production Notes

This exceptional vintage delivered fruit of outstanding quality and the fruit for our Valhalla Chardonnay was no exception. Our Chardonnay fruit is sourced from two distinctly different terroirs; vineyards located on the mid slope of our steep hillsides which are predominantly rich clay based soils and vineyards from our cooler elevated sites with light volcanic deposits in the soil.Hand harvested fruit is either gently foot stomped before pressing or whole bunch pressed directly to barrel for an un-inoculated wild fermentation in 500 litre acacia (5%) or french oak puncheons. The wines are then left to evolve over the winter without disturbance of the lees before blending in the New Year into tank with fine lees and held for a further 6 months before bottling.

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Producer Profile

Man O War is a family owned wine estate situated in the rugged hills of Waiheke Island off the coast of Aukland in the Hauraki Gulf. The island, itself, is rich in history; Captain James Cook anchored there during his first voyage around New Zealand in 1769 and taking note of the magnificent stands of Kauri trees, wrote in the his journals that they would make ideal masts for the Man O War warships for the Royal Navy. The Man O War estate is 4,500 acres or roughly a fifth of the total island. The estate has been in the hands of the current owner for over thirty years and has been run primarily as a sheep and cattle ranch. However, beginning in 1993, the owner planted vineyards convinced that the island's steeper hillsides with their iron rich clay soil were ideally suited for growing Syrah and Bordeaux varietals. Today the Man O War vineyards consist of 150 acres in some 90 individual hillside blocks planted with a mix of varietals each suited to their topography, soil profile and microclimate. The selection of these blocks took well over 10 years and involved extensive research (soil mapping, weather data collection and the planting of experimental sites to assess the wine growing potential of each area. Whites are situated on the higher cooler volcanic hilltops and the reds on the best drained clay soils of the lower slopes. Winemaking is in the hands of veteran winemaker Duncan McTavish, formerly with Pegasus Bay in the Waipara. The wines are produced under two labels. The white label offers fresh and fruit forward wines and the black label series of wines of greater complexity and aging potential.