Man O’ War planted the first vines in 1993. Today with no less than 75 vineyards across the farm, they become well known for their Syrah, Chardonnay and Waiheke’s signature Bordeaux Blends.
The majority of fruit was sorted, destemmed and then treated in their typical manner; no crushing, no yeast or additions and an extended time in vat. However, a few select ferments we added up to 15% whole clusters to the bottom of each vat before destemming on top. When pressed, the wines stayed in barrel for 18 months with a natural malolactic fermentation occurring in the spring before bottling under screw cap.
Lifted aromas of speck and peat coupled with overt blue berries and black pepper notes. The palate is elegant with supple fruit, vibrant acidity with the presence of fine grained tannins emulating the structure of classical Northern Rhone.