Man O’ War ‘Bellerophon’ Waiheke Island Syrah/Viognier 2014

Syrah from New Zealand - Northland & Auckland
Review Date : 18-Apr-2017
Dark, deep ruby-red colour, a little lighter on the rim. The nose is elegantly proportioned with deeply fragrant aromas of dark raspberry and blackberry fruit entwined with nutty oak elements unfolding dark-red and violet florals, with spices, game and savoury herb notes emerging with aeration. Medium-full bodied, the palate has a tightly bound and elegant core of dark raspberry and blackberry fruit harmoniously entwined with dark-red and violet florals. The fruit is supported by moderately extracted, fine-grained, flowery tannins with integrated acidity lending liveliness and drive. The mouthfeel has good energy and linearity, and the wine flows smoothly to an elegant, lingering finish of dark-red fruits, florals, spices and funky herb detail. This is an elegant, aromatic, fine-grained and smooth Syrah/Viognier blend with dark raspberry, floral and spicy flavours. Match with Asian and Middle Eastern fare over the next 6-8 years. A blend of 97% Syrah and 3% Viognier from 3 sites, co-fermented by indigenous yeasts with approx. 30% whole bunches of both varieties to 13.5% alc., the wine aged 11 months in 25% new French oak. 18.0+/20 Apr 2017 RRP $59.90

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