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In many ways the New Zealand wine industry began in Auckland. Croatian immigrants, escaping the depression in Europe, settled in West Auckland in the 1930s and 40s. Many of them planted vineyards in addition to orchards and vegetable gardens and began to make wine. Having then set their sights on rivalling fellow winemakers from in the Hawke’s Bay region, some of the biggest wineries in the country were formed. Accounting for only 2% of New Zealand’s production, Auckland is split into five very distinctive sub- regions – Waiheke Island, Kumeu, Clevedon, Henderson and Matakana, all with similar climatic conditions and all subject to the high rainfall - a common hindrance in this region during the spring and summer months. The heavy clay soils struggle with the rainfall and are not as free draining. The 80s saw the arrival of smaller, privately owned boutique vineyards, which increased sale prices and firmly established Auckland on the wine map. Auckland produces a variety of styles, however the plentiful hours of sunshine and other factors mean Bordeaux style wines and Chardonnay flourish here.

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  • Man O' War

    Man O' War

    Auckland

Wines from this region

  • Taste
    Bright guava & gooseberry with pure minerality, & a long, pleasant finish. Texturally enticing
    Eat
    Quinoa, pomegranate salad
    Why
    Sauvignon Blanc in a new light
    Man O' War Gravestone Sauvignon Sémillon Auckland New Zealand Wine

    2013 Man O' War Gravestone White Blend Auckland

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  • Taste
    Toasty complexity, ripe stone-fruit, fresh acidity & nice fruit tannin. Crunchy, fresh & vibrant
    Eat
    Hot smoked salmon salad & mango
    Why
    As fresh as biting into a ripe nectarine
    Man O' War Valhalla Chardonnay Auckland New Zealand Wine

    2014 Man O' War Valhalla Chardonnay Auckland

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  • Taste
    Cabernet Franc, Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon, Malbec, Petit Verdot - cassis driven, huge complexity of both blue & black fruits, crushed stone, chalk & wild thyme
    Eat
    Beef Wellington
    Why
    Will age beautifully, but drinking well now
    New Zealand Wine Man O' War, Red Blend, Ironclad, Auckland

    2010 Man O' War Ironclad Red Blend Auckland

    £30.40
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  • Taste
    Incredibly fragrant with aromas of sweet red fruit, spice & savoury gamey notes. Concentrated palate & an elegant, vibrant acidity. Cellaring will prove advantageous
    Eat
    Marinated bavette steak
    Why
    Emulates structure of classical Northern Rhone
    New Zealand Wines, Syrah Dreadnought, Man O War Auckland

    2013 Man O' War Dreadnought Syrah Auckland

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  • Taste
    Classically structured with an intensely fragrant nose of violets, raspberries & white pepper. Approachable in its youth but will age gracefully
    Eat
    Smoked Seitan steak
    Why
    Sophistication
    New Zealand Wines, Syrah Dreadnought, Man O War Auckland

    2014 Man O' War Bellerophon Syrah Auckland

    £40.00
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  • Taste
    Delicate distinctive aromas of pear and citrus. The mouth-filling texture and length of flavour indicate this wine will age well.
    Eat
    Roast Chicken (cooked perfectly!)
    Why
    Will age exceptionally
    Kumeu River, Maté's, Chardonnay, 2014

    2014 Maté's Chardonnay Auckland

    £49.00