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Man o War Exiled Pinot Gris

Country / Region: Waiheke Island
Vineyard: Man o War
Varietal: Pinot Gris
Vintage: 2016

Pure, lucious and intense - an off dry Pinot Gris from Ponui Island vineyards from Man o' War

Named in tribute to Napoleon’s final place of exile where he was banished after his defeat at Waterloo. Exiled is awarded to our most prized Pinot Gris, made exclusively from the St Helena clone grown on our Ponui Island vineyards.

Vineyard & cellar notes

2012 was a cool but excellent vintage resulting in wines of purity and intensity. Our Ponui Pinot gris was hung on the vine for a very long time and ripened incredibly well with also a small amount of Noble Pinot Gris selected.

The fruit was given extended skin contacted and was macerated going into the press to further increase the flavour intensity and tannin extraction. After gentle pressing the juice was settled clear and racked off to tank for a long slow fermentation a with carefully selected yeast strain.

Each parcel was chilled to below zero degrees to stop the fermentation as the desired balance of sugar, acid and natural fruit tannin was achieved. The wines stayed chilled right up to bottling to retain as much carbon dioxide from the fermentation as possible resulting in a natural spritz in the wine.

Tasting notes

Exiled Pinot gris is a wine of purity, with aromas of pear mandarin cinnamon and ginger in an off dry style. The wines natural sugar is balanced by fruit tannin, a spritz of carbon dioxide and vibrant acidity, it is pure concentrated delicious and decadent.


  • 95 Points 5 Stars, Sam Kim Wine Orbit Sep 2012
  • 18.5/20 Raymond Chan Wine Reviews Oct 2012

Tasting notes

2 January 2014 by Katie Hutton

Raymond Chan's Note (Oct 2012)

St. Helena clone fruit from Ponui Island, a small amount botrytis affected, given skin contact and tank fermented to 13.5% alc. and 30 g/L rs. Bright, light straw-yellow colour, the nose is one of real presence and depth, showing beautifully pure aromas of ripe pears and stonefruits, and a steely intensity and freshness. Medium in sweetness, concentrated and densely packed flavours of ripe pears and stonefruits reveal honeysuckle and spice nuances. This is lush and soft-textured, exuding a subtle decadence. The palate has fine acidity providing subtle underlying tension, carrying through to a sustained, citrus and honied finish. This will drink well over the next 3-4+ years. 18.5+/20 Oct 2012

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