Man O’ War ‘Estate’, Privateer’ and Flagship Releases

20-Apr-2017
Man O’ War has established itself as one of the most serious winegrowers on Waiheke Island. Owned by the publicity-shy Spencer family who possess a significant landholding on the Island, Man O’ War has around 60 ha of hillside plantings divided into 76 individual vineyards, all at the eastern end of the island, plus vines on Ponui Island, producing up to 400 tonnes of fruit for an output of 20,000 to 25,000 cases of wine each year. Matt Allen has been Man O’ War’s vineyard manager from the start of the enterprise, and Duncan McTavish as the winemaker, with the company since 2008. At the ‘Estate’ end, Man O’ War has helped make Waiheke Island wine accessible to the general consumer, while the flagship black-labelled wines have earned extremely high critical praise as among the finest examples from Waiheke. The wines are typically robust and flavoursome, blending the contemporary with the traditional from my tastings. Here, I review a selection of new release ‘Estate and flagship wines, along with a new range of ‘Single Vineyard Series’ bottlings under the ‘Privateer’ nomenclature, these wines crafted to showcase the individuality of certain single sites and the styles they make. www.manowarvineyards.co.nz

FEATURED WINES IN THIS REVIEW

  • Man O’ War Waiheke Island Sauvignon Blanc 2016
  • Man O’ War Waiheke Island Merlot/Cabernet/Malbec/Petit Verdot 2014
  • Man O’ War ‘Paradise’ Ponui Island Pinot Gris 2016
  • Man O’ War ‘Little Beast’ Waiheke Island Chardonnay 2016
  • Man O’ War ‘Death Valley’ Waiheke Island Malbec 2014
  • Man O’ War ‘Exiled’ Waiheke and Ponui Islands Pinot Gris 2016
  • Man O’ War ‘Valhalla’ Waiheke Island Chardonnay 2016
  • Man O’ War ‘Deadnought’ Waiheke Island Syrah 2014
  • Man O’ War ‘Bellerophon’ Waiheke Island Syrah/Viognier 2014
  • Man O’ War ‘Ironclad’ Waiheke Island Merlot/Cabernet Franc/Malbec/Cabernet Sauvignon/Petit Verdot 2011

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