Man O' War 'Waiheke Island' Merlot-Cabernet Franc-Malbec 2008
42% Merlot, 27% Cabernet Franc, 19% Malbec and 12% Cabernet Sauvignon. After hand harvesting the separate components, each was kept separate in the winery and treated differently according to what each variety could contribute to the overall style of the blend. Traditional pump over’s and plunging techniques were employed during fermentation to extract either silken supple tannins or more robust tannins depending on the variety. The components were then aged on lees for 11 months prior to blending and bottling.