Man O' War Kulta 'Tytti' Bordeaux Blend 2018
- Bordeaux Blend
- New Zealand, 750ml
The 2018 Tytti blend of Cabernet Franc, Merlot and Petit Verdot is a wine of classic styling reminiscent of the wines of Pomerol. Lifted red berry fruit aromas leap out but are married to darker, more brooding notes of black plum, olive, cedar spice and an earthy scent. The initial palate is soft and harmonious but underpinning the whole expression is a fresh, stony minerality contributing the most incredible elegance and sublime harmony with an extraordinary potential to age.
- Winery: Man O' War
- Varietal: Cabernet Franc 46%, Merlot 40%, Petit Verdot 14%
- Region: Waiheke Island, New Zealand
- Vintage: 2018
- Alcohol: 14.5%
- Volume: 750ml
- Closure: Screwcap
- Other: Sustainable winegrowing
- Food pairing: Grilled beef, lamb, pork & chicken; burgers; pasta with tomato-based sauces; garlic & mushrooms; mild-medium cheeses
The fruit for the 2018 Tytti Bordeaux style blend comes from an area on the Estate that is known as Death Valley. A number of incredibly steep, dry farmed hillside vineyards of Cabernet franc, Merlot and Petit Verdot run down small blocks snaking through the valley each exposed to maximise the sun and sheltered from the wind. Hand harvested and carefully graded in the winery, the fruit is completely destemmed into vat and left for ambient temperature pre ferment soak with minimal irrigation pumpovers to keep the must fresh. The wild yeasts initiate the fermentation around the third day and a hot and vigorous fermentation is carefully managed and left in vat for 30 to 40 days. The wines are gently pressed off to barrel where they stay for on gross lees for 20 months with one racking to blend.
The Man O’ War story begins with a special piece of land rich in history. Located at the eastern end of Waiheke Island, Man O’ War is a stunning array of coastal hillsides with high cliffs and pristine beaches forming a ruggedly beautiful coastline.
It was along this coastline that Captain James Cook came to anchor during his first voyage around the islands of New Zealand in 1769. Upon sighting the ancient stands of magnificent Kauri trees ashore, Cook noted in his journals that they would make ideal masts for the Man O’ War warships of the Royal Navy. Thus the name Man O’ War was bestowed upon this unique land.
Over two hundred years after Cook first sighted Man O’ War, and convinced that world class wine could be grown here we began planting our first vines in 1993. Today, Man O’ War consists of 150 acres of vines planted in 76 individual hillside blocks, each with a distinct soil profile and micro climate.
Every single block bears the footprints, and sometimes the names, of those who transformed Man O’ War’s rugged hillsides into a spectacular patchwork of vines. Each block has been meticulously designed with different rootstocks, clones and planting densities to best match the specific terroir on offer.
Driven by this blueprint, Man O' War's white varieties have been carefully placed high on the exposed volcanic hilltops of Man O’ War so that they benefit from cooling sea breezes, extending their growing season and giving them great concentration and minerality. While their red varieties are draped down precipitously steep sheltered clay hillsides enjoying the heat and drainage provided, promoting serious intensity and depth.
For over a hundred years, generations of the Spencer family have sailed past the Eastern End of Waiheke Island admiring its spectacular natural beauty and rugged coastline.
With the desire to protect and enhance this treasured piece of land, their family progressively purchased the four contiguous farms that now form Man O’ War Station through the early 1980’s.
As that decade progressed and we became witness to the world class wines being grown on Waiheke by Stephen White at Stonyridge and the Goldwaters, the family decided to join the fray and began to develop what they believe has now become one of New Zealand’s great vineyards and the basis of a family wine business for generations to come.
- 5 Stars & 95/100 Points - Bob Campbell MW (2018 vintage)
- 95/100 Points - Cameron Douglas MS (2018 vintage)
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