Man O' War - 'Gravestone' Sauvignon Semillon 2016

Principal Grape

This GOLD Medal winning Sauvignon Blanc/Semillon blend from Man O’ War boasts intense aromas of guava, gooseberry and blackcurrants with undertones of lychee and smoky minerality. On the palate this wine is fresh and vibrant yet manages to remain focused and structured with high natural acidity balanced by weight and texture. There are tangy flavours of grassy citrus fruit alongside touches of tropical melon before a long persistent finish.

  • 3 Point Summary

    Intense aromas, flavours of citrus and tropical fruit, with a long finish

  • Did you know..?

    The name “Gravestone” comes from the fluted basalt boulders that solemnly surround the volcanic hilltop vineyards.

  • Awards

    GOLD – International Wine Challenge 2018.

  • ABV


  • Food pairing

    Goat’s Cheese & Caramelised Onion Frittata with a Lemony Green Salad


    Bluff Oysters with Dill and Lime Vinaigrette

  • Size

    75 cl

  • Closure


  • Vintage


  • Serve at Temp

    9 *C / 48 *F

  • Grape

    SAUVIGNON BLANC is a white-wine grape from western France, now successfully grown in emerging and established wine regions all over the world. While widely associated with the Loire Valley, it is more likely to have originated from Bordeaux where it is typically blended with Semillon. The classic Sauvignon Blanc experience ranges from grass, nettles, blackcurrant leaf and asparagus to green apples and gooseberries.

  • Vineyard

    MAN O' WAR first planted vines in 1993 and today the winery consists of 150 acres of vineyards planted in hillside blocks on Waiheke Island, each with a distinct soil profile and microclimate. Each small parcel of vines are carefully tended and harvested by hand, then vinified separately, fusing classic Old World techniques with innovative New World ideas. The Man O’ War team is provided with the broadest possible palette from which to blend world class wines that are unique expressions of their culture and beliefs; the whites showing great concentration and minerlaity and the reds intensity and depth.

  • Region

    WAIHEKE ISLAND, NZ is located 11 miles east of Auckland city. Its specialty is elegant Bordeaux Blend wines but the Syrah, Chardonnay and Sauvignon Blanc varieties also achieve great success. Waiheke has a warmer, drier climate than the mainland but its ancient soils are the most important features of the island's terroir. The weathered bedrock is covered by a relatively thin layer of hard topsoil, which results in grapes with a high concentration of sugars and acids. The wines that are made from these grapes are rich and intensely flavoured, with firm tannins and good structure.


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