An image of a bottle of Man O War Dreadnought Waiheke Island Syrah, a Waiheke Island favourite red wine

Man O' War Dreadnought Syrah

  • Syrah
  • New Zealand, 750ml

Classic Dreadnought, smoky peat, earthy crushed rock overlaid with blueberry, dark berry, and dried herbs. The palate is athletic with a ripped middleweight physique, an artful display of power and control. The fruit is ripe, coating the core of tannin and acidity, which is supported by a sinew of stem inclusion further balanced by a high-quality framework of oak.

  • Winery: Man O' War
  • Varietal: Syrah
  • Region: Waiheke Island, New Zealand
  • Vintage: 2020
  • Alcohol: 14.5%
  • Volume: 750ml
  • Closure: Screwcap
  • Other: Sustainable winegrowing
  • Food match: Lamb roast, beef, game meat, pork & pepperoni; tuna & salmon; pizza; BBQ & heavy red sauces; bleu-veined cheeses

This Waiheke favourite is a rich and welcoming Syrah with plenty of dark fruity. Great red wine gift for someone special or corporate gift. Pair with the Man O' War Ironclad. Buy here in our online liquor store and get delivered direct to your door, we deliver nationwide.

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.

Over two hundred years after Cook first sighted Man O’ War, and convinced that world class wine could be grown here 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 micro climate.

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, Man O' War's 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 their red varieties are draped down precipitously steep sheltered clay hillsides enjoying the heat and drainage provided, promoting serious intensity and depth.

For over a hundred years, generations of the Spencer family have sailed past the Eastern End of Waiheke Island admiring its spectacular natural beauty and rugged coastline.

With the desire to protect and enhance this treasured piece of land, their family progressively purchased the four contiguous farms that now form Man O’ War Station through the early 1980’s.

As that decade progressed and we became witness to the world class wines being grown on Waiheke by Stephen White at Stonyridge and the Goldwaters, the family decided to join the fray and began to develop what they believe has now become one of New Zealand’s great vineyards and the basis of a family wine business for generations to come.

  • 96/100 Points - Christine Marsiglio, Decanter (2020 vintage)
  • 95/100 Points - Bob Campbell (2020 vintage)
  • 94/100 Points - Cameron Douglas (2020 vintage)
  • 95/100 Points - Bob Campbell MW (2019 vintage)
  • 94/100 Points - Cameron Douglas MS (2019 vintage)
  • 17.5/20 Points - Richard Hemming MW, Jancis Robinson (2018 vintage)
  • 95/100 Points - Bob Campbell MW (2017 vintage)
  • 95/100 Points - Cameron Douglas MS (2017 vintage)


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