Today was brilliant. My friend Andrew and I visited Man O’ War vineyards on Waiheke Island, a short ferry ride from downtown Auckland.
Waiheke is almost impossibly beautiful, and Man O’War own a fair chunk of the island. They’ve planted over 60 vineyard blocks across their huge property, making use of the various aspects and elevations on this hilly island to choose the right site for the varieties that they grow.
This is an impressive project. We were shown around by Matt Allen, who has been here from the beginning, 17 years ago. We spent a couple of hours driving around the property, and then lunched and tasted.
The wines are superb. All are worthwhile, with particular stand-outs being the Ironclad Bordeaux blend red, the Dreadnought Syrah, and the Valhalla and White Label Chardonnays. This is one of New Zealand’s best producers.