This was an interesting instore tasting. The pre-prepared notes offered up that Man O’ War is one of Waiheke Island’s “most exciting wineries, offering powerhouse reds and sophisticated, layered whites that offer fruit driven, terroir specific complexity”. They own 50% of the vineyards on the island, some 45 plots.
The producer makes a large number of wines in often small quantities, and they sell out quick. It helps that the large Auckland market is on the other side of the harbour.
I didn’t have too much time to make notes, and felt a bit self-conscious appearing too nerdy. I just enjoyed trying the wines and chatting to the rep…
Man O’War Exiled Pinot Gris 2015 – $$$ – very sweet, lots of flavour. Characterful too. Nice.
Man O’War Little Beast Chardonnay 2016 – $$$ – Lean, with a citrus bite, too young? 400 cases made. Expensive for what it is.
Man O’War Dreadnought Syrah 2013 – $$$+ – I loved this at the Game of Rhones wine event earlier this year. Luscious, whole bunch texture. Perfect ripeness and weight. A top wine.
Man O’War Ironclad Cab Franc/Merl/Cab 2011 – $$$+ – There was some Petit Verdot and Malbec in this blend too. A rich nose, cigar box, some age complexity, lovely.