Wine Region: Waiheke Island, New Zealand
Grape: Sauvignon Blanc, Semillon
As always the fruit was hand harvested and in 2013 in excellent condition. We harvest the Sauvignon blanc based on the acidity andgenerally find very exotic fruit characters. Sémillon we get as ripe as possible looking for very ripe and golden bunches. The Sémillon and a portion of the Sauvignon Blanc was fermented seperately in oak puncheons as clear juice and cultured yeast and the remainder Sauvignon Blanc in tank as cloudy juice and wild yeast.
About the Winery
Over two hundred years after Cook first sighted Man O’ War, we were convinced that world class wine could be grown here. Throwing caution to the wind we began planting our first vines in 1993. Today, Man O’ War consists of 150 acres of vines planted in 76 individual hillside blocks, each with a distinct soil profile and microclimate. Every single block bears the footprints, and sometimes the names, of those who transformed Man O’ War’s rugged hillsides into a spectacular patchwork of vines. Each block has been meticulously designed with different rootstocks, clones and planting densities to best match the specific terroir on offer. Driven by this blueprint, our white varieties have been carefully placed high on the exposed volcanic hilltops of Man O’ War so that they benefit from cooling sea breezes, extending their growing season and giving them great concentration and minerality. While our red varieties are draped down precipitously steep sheltered clay hillsides enjoying the heat and drainage provided, promoting serious intensity and depth.
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