The 2008 Ironclad is a blend of 52% Merlot, 27% Cabernet Franc, 10.5% Malbec, 9.1% Petit Verdot and 1.4% Cabernet Sauvignon. This wine is built with the Merlot component providing the fruit softness and lifted berry fruit aromas, the Cabernet Franc adding fragrant earthy notes and a sinewy structure. Malbec brings ripe tannins and intense floral aromas while the Petit Verdot and Cabernet Sauvignon add density and tannin weight to the wine. The blend draws all the elements of the five varieties together resulting in a complex aroma profile of cassis and red summer berries, earthy undertones with a touch of floral fragrance, tarmac and leather all framed within a mix of predominantly French oak and a small component of American oak.
"The multi-award winning 2008 Ironclad has a tight, leafy nose that unfurls in the glass to reveal blackberry, raspberry leaf, a touch of fresh fig and boysenberry jam. The palate is medium-bodied, firm tannins, good weight, gentle but firm grip with a finely tuned, almost Cote-Rotie-like finish. This is one of Waiheke emerging stars: a top class Merlot that should age well. Drink 2011-2017."
The Wine Advocate