2012 was a very cool and late vintage for the reds delivering wines of elegance and finesse. All the fruit for the Ironclad comes from estate owned vineyards off steep north facing vineyards. The fruit is carefully hand harvested and delivered to the winery in impeccable condition before a further rigorous sorting in the winery. The decision was made to ferment ‘wild’ without crushing which is quite often the case in the cooler vintages at Man O’ War. The fruit was treated gently with a pre and post ferment soak with gentle pump overs with hand plunging twice daily during the actual fermentation stage. All the parcels of fruit were fermented and barrelled separately before blending in the New Year. The 2012 Ironclad has 29 components contributing to the blend which was finalised in August of 2013 and bottled in late February 2014.
BLEND: 45% Cabernet Franc, 20% Merlot, 14% Petit Verdot, 13% Malbec and 8% Cabernet Sauvignon
HARVEST DATE: 16/4/2012 – 02/5/2012
BRIX AT HARVEST: 25.2 – 27.0
BARREL: 35% new French, 65% old French Oak
T.A: 5.7 PH: 3.85
VINEYARDS: Cabernet Franc: 20 tonner, Niko Face, Ponui, Benches Merlot: Anita Bay, Cliffs, 20 Tonner, Sharpies, Death Valley Malbec: Owhiti, Top Swamp, Back Swamp Petit Verdot: Machells, Big North Cabernet Sauvignon: Reubans