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2015 Man O' War Dreadnought Syrah

2015 Man O' War Dreadnought Syrah

The wine is powerful and graceful at the same time, and flows seamlessly to a lingering delicious finish.'
95 Points - Sam Kim

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$281.94 (Case 6 x 750ml)

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  • The Man O’ War story begins with a special piece of land rich in 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 warships of the Royal Navy. Thus the name Man O’ War was bestowed upon this unique land.

    The first in a line of early 20th century battleships bestowed with the motto “fear god and dreadnought” and embodying a supreme combination of speed and power, Dreadnought denotes the steepest and most breathtaking hillside Syrah vineyards of Waiheke Island.


    The 2015 vintage was a testing season with a cold start to Spring delaying bud burst and Southerly winds persisting throughout flowering which affected yield. The cool winds cleared but the harvest was still hampered with persistent rain events requiring an extraordinary effort in the vineyard to deliver fruit of impressive quality.

    Dreadnought Syrah comes from steep hillside vineyards and in 2015 we saw the first crop off our grafted 20 Tonner and Niko Face vineyards which gave us a sneak peek at the amazing potential of these steep and challenging sites. As always the fruit was carefully hand harvested, then put across a sorting table before being destemmed into open vats for fermentation. This year we decided to do something a little bit different
    and fermented the majority of Syrah from the Asylum vineyard as 100% whole clusters in open 500 litre oak puncheons. The heads were then replaced on the puncheons and the wine matured, still on stems, for a full 12 months before being liberated and pressed off to mature in old barrels along with the rest of the Dreadnought.

    After 20 months in oak the Dreadnought components were tasted to create a blend that is vibrant & youthful but at the same time showing impressive fruit structure combined with the unmistakable character of whole bunch/stem fermentation; gamey wild and a touch menacing…


    Dreadnought 2015 reflects the growing season with very small crops of intensely flavoured fruit in the cherry/ tayberry spectrum with liquorice characters from stem influence. The fruit and stem tannins are fine grained and ripe adding freshness and length to the wine, with the overall structure suggesting classical Northern Rhone Syrah. Stylish and finely balanced this wine is beautiful now and will benefit from ‘splashy’ decanting prior to drinking upon release.


    'A spectacular expression of the variety, this is impressively ripe and gratifying, exhibiting mixed berry compote, mocha, dried flower and toasted hazelnut characters on the nose. The palate is equally satisfying with delectable fruit flavours and seductive oak complexity, wonderfully enhanced by velvety mouthfeel and supple tannins. The wine is powerful and graceful at the same time, and flows seamlessly to a lingering delicious finish.'
    95 Points - Sam Kim

    'Moderately dense Syrah with raspberry, cranberry, violet, dried herb, pepper, old leather and spice/anise flavours. A core of sweet fruit is balanced by peppery tannins. An elegant rather than a blockbuster wine with obvious power.'
    94 Points - Bob Campbell