I am a big fan of Man O’ War wines. Not only are all of the wines and varieties interesting characters, a lot like their namesakes, the winery and vineyard location is beyond stunning and the packaging is beautiful.
On top of that, Waiheke is starting to make a name for itself as a top New Zealand wine growing region and for me the Syrah’s are at the top of the list for wines to try. So here is an exemplary wine to start you off!
Man O’ War Dreadnought 2012 (Flagship Range)
Named after the motto “fear and dreadnought” which embodies the supreme combination of speed and power. This is from their steepest hillside Syrah vineyards (100% Syrah).
Waiheke Island (North Island, just off the coast of Auckland).
The names are amazing: Madmans, Asylum, Lunatics, Garden Cove, North 3.
Oh la la this swarthy figure is built with power. A ship that can handle its own in the big sea, it is finely built with elegant lines. The hold is filled with provisions of blueberry, chocolate covered licorice and black pepper to finish it off. This is a wine booty pirates would be proud of.
Beef bourguignon is calling your name.
Visit Man O’War’s website to find out more about their Flagship Range wines.