FIVE STARS 95/100 | Bob Campbell MW
94 POINTS | Cameron Douglas MS
Man O' War have set the quality benchmark for Waiheke wines higher with every vintage and their flagship Syrah is mind-bogglingly good. With five stars from Bob Campbell MW, you know you're onto a winner. Spectacular.
Bob Campbell MW writes "A rich, warming syrah with blackcurrant, blackberry, dark cherry and plum flavours plus a suggestion of spice/anise and oak flavours. Although it is accessible when first released it will develop well with bottle age."
Cameron Douglas MS writes "Ripe, varietal, smoky and complex. A complete wine with a core of baked raspberry and soft black curant fruits laced with dusty pepper spice. There’s a wood smoke quality with cinnamon and baking spices adding complexity and charm. As the wine touches the palate a sweet fruit and savoury contrast each other with an abundance of tannins and acidity pulling the attributes together. Flavours of wood and red berry fruits, there’s fine field mushroom and dried herb quality adding length . A lovely wine with best drinking from day of purchase through 2028+."
The winery writes "If you know Dreadnought then this is a pretty classic edition, gifted in the savoury elements with blue and black fruits, crushed flowers, graphite, a touch of liquorice and an earthy smoky lift. The palate is very classical with medium weight. Some sweet fruit will be evident in its youth but there is a long lean frame underneath. The tannins are influenced by stem inclusion which gives a fresh sappy introduction to the more robust seed and oak tannin. An excellent vintage and a wine to treasure."
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