Man O' War Dreadnought Syrah 2017 ~ Waiheke Island, New Zealand
95/100 Cam Douglas
95/100 Bob Campbell
92/100 Robert Parker (2015 vintage)
Silver - International Wine Challenge (2014 vintage)
Silver - Decanter World Wine Awards (2014 vintage)
Gold, Trophy - International Wine Challenge (2013 vintage)
Bronze - Decanter World Wine Awards (2012 vintage)
Gold - International Wine Challenge (2012 vintage)
Bronze - International Wine & Spirit Competition (2010 vintage)
Silver - Decanter World Wine Awards (2010 vintage)
Silver - International Wine Challenge (2010 vintage)
Blue-Gold & Top 100 - Sydney International Wine Competition (2010 vintage)
Pure Bronze - New Zealand Wine of the Year (2010 vintage)
Bob Campbell "Deep, dense Syrah that's jam-packed with many flavours including plum, dark berry, black pepper, a suggestion of violet, liquorice, leather and tar characters."
Cam Douglas "Immediately recognisable and seductive bouquet with aromas of blackberry and raspberry, dark plums and black pepper. The aromas expand to include clove and cocoa, toasty wood and dark dry rocky soil impressions. On the palate - dry, weighty, firm textures from tannins, warming alcohol and an abundance of acidity. Fruit flavours reflect the palate led by dark raspberry and black cherry. Persistent and engaging throughout the palate, well made and ready."
Robert Parker "To my mind the star of the Man O War lineup, the Dreadnought boasts the knockout aromas of violets and cracked pepper that have characterized nearly every vintage of this compelling wine. It's full-bodied without being weighty, with resiny notes of thyme and rosemary lending additional complexity to the dark berry and roasted-meat flavors. Softly dusty tannins linger on the finish" (2015 Vintage)
Robert Parker ~ The Wine Advocate "Man O’ War is without a doubt one of New Zealand’s greatest wineries in the making and one to watch."
Jancis Robinson “Waiheke Island, home to one of the country’s best Syrah producers Man O’ War…New Zealand is second only to the Rhône in the consistency of quality it achieves.”
Raymond Chan "Man O’ War is arguably Waiheke Island’s most significant wine producer.."
Man O'War Vineyards is a leading New Zealand wine producer on Waiheke Island in the Hauraki Gulf. It is known for its consistently high-quality range of wines made from grape varieties like Chardonnay, Syrah, Merlot and Cabernet Sauvignon. Each small parcel of vines is carefully tended and harvested by hand, then vinified separately, fusing classic Old World techniques with innovative New World ideas.
Waiheke Island is a wine-producing region just 18km east of Auckland city. This hilly island is home to a healthy population of hippies and artists, as well as some of Auckland's most famous vineyards. Waiheke Island's specialty is elegant Bordeaux Blend wines made from Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot, but Syrah and Chardonnay are also important grape varieties planted here.
Syrah is a dark-skinned red wine grape. Its origins have been popularly debated, but its modern viticultural home is unquestionably the northern Rhône Valley of eastern France. In Australia, Syrah is the flagship variety and has developed such a distinct personality that it is essentially regarded as a distinct variety, is commonly known as Shiraz.