The Man O’ Warwinery is located on Waiheke Island, off Auckland New Zealand. It restsamidst its fabulous hillsides, cliffs and beaches where Captain James Cook came ashore in 1769 and observed that the Kauri trees would make perfect masts for Man O’ War battle ships which sailedin the 16th and 19th century.
The first vines were planted in 1993 and today span 150 acreslocated on 76 individual hillside blocks which represent the individual micro climates and soils of the Island. Wine maker Duncan McTavish coaxes authentic cutting edge delights from this unique terroir that can rival some of Europes classic wines.
A good Mersualt alternative, from the flagship range is the Valhalla Chardonnay named from Norse mythology itis intense, rich and multilayered with a spectrum of flavours that range from citrus and peaches through to honey.
Fear god and dreadnought was the motto on early 20th century battle ships, an appropriate name for the Dreadnought Syrah as the grapes come from Man O’ War steepest vineyards. The final wine is an infusion of sweet red fruits, spices, pepper, vibrant acidity and firm ripe tannins - think Northern Rhone.