expert reviews about
2016 Man O' War Valhalla Waiheke Island Chardonnay
Bob Campbell MW (2016 Vintage) says
Rich, ripe and full-flavoured Chardonnay with Golden Queen peach, mango, pineapple, vanilla, spice and nutty oak flavours. A blockbuster Chardonnay that’s a real mouthful, with impressive complexity.2017 - 2022
Raymond Chan (2016 Vintage) says
Full, even, light golden-yellow colour with a lighter edge. The nose is full and softly voluminous with harmoniously layered aromas of white and yellow stone fruits entwined with an amalgam of savoury nutty and creamy barrel-ferment aroma along with flinty complexities. The aromatics build in depth and density with aeration, the complexities well-integrated. Medium-full bodied, the palate has a firm core, immediately opening with mouth-filling flavours of white and yellow stone fruits layered seamlessly with nutty notes and subtle gunflint and mineral notes. The mouthfeel balances creamy barrel-ferment textures with a fine phenolic-textured line, and fresh, lacy acidity. The wine has power and the palate flows to a long, lingering, fine-textured, dry, nutty finish. This is a firm and powerful Chardonnay with harmoniously mouth-filling flavours of stone fruits, nuts, flint and complexing minerals on a fine-textured palate. Match with poultry and pork dishes over the next 5-6 years.