Winery: Man O’War
Man O'War is a family owned winery on Waiheke Island, off the coast of Auckland. Wine Maker Duncan Mc Tavish concentrates on making wine from Chardonnay, Sauvignon, Syrah and Cabernet. The warmer North Island ripens grapes that have a richness of palate but are perfectly balanced with acidity from the volcanic soils and cool sea breezes.
Duncan’s heart and soul, and enormous talent, are all reflected in each of the extraordinary wines he crafts at Man O’ War. Of singular personality they are indeed the “definitive translation of our land”. The inaugural graduate of the Viticulture and Oneology degree program at Lincoln University in 1998, Duncan spent the following 3 years working harvest for some of the best producers in Burgundy, Germany, California, Australia and New Zealand.
This apprenticeship culminated in 2001 when he landed a job with one of New Zealand’s greatest wine producers, the Waipara Valley’s inimitable Pegasus Bay. After nearly 4 years under the wing of Pegasus, Duncan left to develop his own winemaking ideas at Waipara Springs until 2008 when we were fortunate enough to entice him north to Man O’ War. He now makes his home on Waiheke living above Onetangi Beach with his partner Vanessa, son Tommy and baby daughter.