Man O’ War Waiheke Island New Releases

25-May-2018

Man O’ War is arguably Waiheke Island’s most significant wine producer, with over 60 ha of vineyards. As with most of the Waiheke Island winemakers, the plantings are predominantly on hillsides, but unusually, the vineyards are situated on the eastern side of the island. Owned by the Spencer family, there has been no expense spared at Man O’ War to get the varieties and the characteristics of the near 80 different sites matched. The vineyards come under the care of Matt Allen who arrived on the island in 1993 to plant the company’s first vines. The winemaker is the very thoughtful and well-experienced Duncan McTavish who took up his position at Man O’ War in 2008. The wines are among the best that come from the island, and come under the more accessible ‘Estate’ range, as well as the top-flight black-labelled ‘Flagship’ wines. Early last year, the company introduced a ‘Single Vineyard Series’ of bottlings, showcasing the specific terroirs of special sites. Here, I review a selection of three new ‘Estate’ wines, these being two 2017 whites and a 2015 red, plus eight ‘Flagship’ wines ranging from 2017 whites to a 2012 red. The flagship Chardonnays and reds are exceptionally good. www.manowarvineyards.co.nz


FEATURED WINES IN THIS REVIEW

  • Man O’ War Waiheke Island Sauvignon Blanc 2017
  • Man O’ War Ponui Island Pinot Gris 2017
  • Man O’ War Waiheke Island Cabernet Franc/Merlot/Malbec/Petit Verdot 2015
  • Man O’ War ‘Gravestone’ Sauvignon Blanc/Semillon Waiheke Island 2016
  • Man O’ War ‘Exiled’ Waiheke and Ponui Islands Pinot Gris 2017
  • Man O’ War ‘Valkyrie’ Waiheke Island Chardonnay 2017
  • Man O’ War ‘Valhalla’ Waiheke Island Chardonnay 2017
  • Man O’ War ‘Warspite’ Ponui Island Cabernet Franc/Merlot/Malbec 2014
  • Man O’ War ‘Ironclad’ Waiheke Island Cabernet Franc/Merlot/Petit Verdot/Malbec/Cabernet Sauvignon 2013
  • Man O’ War ‘Ironclad’ Waiheke Island Merlot/Cabernet Franc/Malbec/Cabernet Sauvignon/Petit Verdot 2012
  • Man O’ War ‘Dreadnought’ Waiheke Island Syrah 2015

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