Man O' War

The Man O’ War story begins with a special piece of land which has a rich history. Located at the eastern end of Waiheke Island, Man O’ War is a stunning array of coastal hillsides with high cliffs and pristine beaches forming a ruggedly beautiful coastline.

It was along this coastline that Captain James Cook came to anchor during his first voyage around the islands of New Zealand in 1769. Upon sighting the ancient stands of magnificent Kauri trees ashore, Cook noted in his journals that they would make ideal masts for the Man O' War battleships of the Royal Navy. Thus the name Man O’ War was bestowed upon this unique land.

With a desire to protect this treasured land’s natural beauty and sense of history for future generations, our family purchased the four contiguous farms that now form the 4,500 acres of Man O’ War in the early 1980s. And so began our adventure of exploring this land, along the way naming our 'discoveries' in honour of family history, naval legacy, and of this special place itself.

7 Item(s)

  1. Man O' War Ironclad

    Huge complexity of blue and black fruits, crushed stone, chalk and wild thyme. Very concentrated with a supple texture.

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    £29.50
  2. Man O' War Gravestone Sauvignon Semillon

    Intense aromas of guava, gooseberry, nettles and black currants dominate with undertones of lychee and chalk dust. The palate is fresh and vibrant with high natural acidity balanced by weight, texture and a long persistent finish.

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    £19.50
  3. Man O' War Dreadnought Syrah

    An abundance of sweet fruit, black pepper and savoury gamey notes which are typical of the style. The palate is elegant with supple fruit, vibrant acidity and a large presence of fi ne grained tannins emulating the structure of classical Northern Rhone. 

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    £33.00
  4. Bellerophon Syrah Viognier, Man O War

    The 2014 Bellerophon is classically structured with an intensely fragrant nose of violets, raspberries and white pepper. Careful management of the stem and Viognier components has resulted in a palate that is soft and elegant exhibiting flavours of ripe red berries All of which is encased by the distinctive stem tannins giving a lifted freshness and length to the finish. The wine is incredibly approachable in its youth but will age gracefully developing more savoury earthy and smoked meat characters with time.

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    £35.00
  5. Man O' War Estate Sauvignon Blanc

    This estate grown Waiheke Island Sauvignon Blanc exhibits fresh herb, nettles and gooseberry characters and contains a splash of Sémillon, creating a wine that is fresh and crisp, in a dry fruity style.

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    £16.50
  6. Man O' War Estate Merlot Cab Sauv Malbec (Bordeaux Blend)

    The Man O’ War Bordeaux blend exhibits ripe aromatic notes of dark berry fruits, cocoa and liquorice with complementary floral, spice and coffee characters. The palate is rich and supple with exuberant sweet fruit balanced with fresh natural acidity and fine grained tannins.

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    £19.50
  7. Man O' War Valhalla Chardonnay

    Nice toasty complexity with ripe stone fruit characters. The palate is very focussed with fresh acidity and nice fruit tannin - as fresh as biting into a ripe nectarine; crunchy, fresh and vibrant.

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    £26.00