Medium ruby with wall staining and high viscosity (14.5% ABV). The nose has medium intensity aromas of black and red plum, black berry, cinnamon, vanilla, lavender and tomato leaf. The palate is dry with medium acidity and medium (+) tannins that hit the mid palate. Flavor-wise I get blackberry, plums and açaí berry with vanilla, baking spices and coffee. The wine is medium (+) bodied but it thins out on the back end a touch. The finish has some charred wood notes along with roasted coffee and black fruit but I also get a green herbaceous hint. It’s a nice blend of Cabernet Franc 48%, Malbec 25%, Merlot 19% and Petit Verdot 8% that has a medium length ending. I like this style of wine and think it is drinking nicely now and will cellar for the short term. 90 points from me for this $25 effort makes it a 4 star wine. Salut….
Man O’ War Island Blend 2019, Waiheke Island, New Zealand
16 Tuesday May 2023