Man O War Dreadnought Syrah 2019
1 or more bottles$52.50
From the steepest and most breathtaking Syrah vineyards in Waiheke, and the best vintage on date on the island. This powerhouse is stylishly crafted with a 15% whole clusters added to the bottom of selected vats and then barrel aged for 24 months. "A refined example of age-worthy, food-oriented Kiwi Syrah."
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The New Zealand wine industry is one of the younger wine regions in the world, whose popularity grew immensely when Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc hit the world wine scene, quite unique in style when compared to the typical French Sancerre.
Wine is successfully cultivated on both the North and South islands from a latitude of 36 degrees in the North to 45 degrees for the most southerly wine region in the world, the South Island's Central Otago. The majority of regions are located in free-draining alluvial valleys except for Waiheke Island and Kawarau Gorge in Central Otago and benefit from the moderating effect of the maritime climate as no vineyard is more than 80 miles from the ocean. With plentiful sunshine hours and cool evening sea breezes, the grapes thrive.
Sauvignon Blanc is the major white variety people will think of when you mention New Zealand Whites, however fantastic Chardonnay, Riesling, Pinot Gris, Gewurztraminer and less commonly Viognier, Chenin Blanc and Pinot Blanc. Pinot Noir is the most widely planted red variety in New Zealand although Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot (Bordeaux Blends), Syrah are also grown and in even smaller amounts, Tempranillo and Montepulcianos can too be found. Sparkling wines of very high standards are also made in New Zealand.
The key wine regions in New Zealand include Auckland, Canterbury, Central Otago, Gisborne, Hawke's Bay, Marlborough and Nelson.
The Auckland region was home to the Dalmatian immigrants who settled in West Auckland in the early part of the 20th Century, bringing with them winemaking traditions. The New Zealand wine industry largely owes its beginnings to those early settlers.
Most of the wineries are around 45 minutes drive from the city of Auckland, so the region is popular for day trippers. Auckland’s climate in general isn't ideally suited to grape cultivation, but small pockets or sub-regions exist where micro-climates can produce some world-class wines. The region typically gets enough sunshine for the harvest, but rain is the constant threat, especially in spring and summer.
The red varieties that work the best in the region are the Bordeaux styled varieties made from Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Cabernet Franc, Malbec and also the non-Bordeaux Syrah. Most notable of the whites grown in the region is Chardonnay, for which Kumeu River is very highly regarded.
Waiheke Island is renowned for producing world-class red wines and more recently white wines as well.
Waiheke has become known as New Zealand's "island of wine," home to a dedicated group of winegrowers who have successfully matched the maritime climate and ancient soil structures to the selection of classical grape varieties to produce red and white wines with distinctive varietal character.
The climate is well suited to growing Bordeaux wine-type grapes, though some Chardonnay and Sauvignon blanc varieties are also considered to be good.
Waiheke winegrowers regularly win awards for Syrah (Kennedy Point's 2007 Syrah won best Syrah in the world in 2009), proving the island's terroir suits it well.
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About the brand Man O' War Vineyards
When Captain Cook first saw Waiheke Island, off the North Island of New Zealand, he saw the towering Kauri trees and exclaimed that they'd make perfect masts for the Royal Navy's battleships - hence, Man O'War Vineyards.
The gorgeous landscape is home to some truly gorgeous wine. After planting their first vines in 1993, Man O' War has established a reputation for elegance, balance and texture. Their 150 acre estate is planted in approximately 90 different lots, each with a variety of fruit planted deliberately to suit the distinct soil, microclimate, and orientation of that lot.
Their reds are generally planted on the steep, sheltered hillsides that offer heat and drainage, while their whites are situated higher up on the hilltops for concentration and minerality.