New Zealand: Man O War Masterclass

New Zealand: Man O War Masterclass

WLWS founder Jimmy Smith travelled out to New Zealand in 2015 and made the vinous pilgrimage to Waiheke Island to find the famous Man O War Vineyards on the eastern fringe of the island. The wines crafted here are stunning, and we are lucky enough to welcome the vineyard's Sara Fogerty to the school to host a tasting on these stunning wines. We'll taste a selection of superb wines including Sauvignon Blanc, Pinot Gris, Malbec and the super-premium and exquisite Dreadnaught Syrah - a wine that rivals top-range Cote Rotie and Hermitage. 

Man O War Vineyards

Located at the eastern end of Waiheke Island, Man O’ War boasts a pristine and breathtaking spread of coastal hillsides with high cliffs and stunning beaches. This rugged coastline was ‘discovered’ in 1769 by Captain James Cook, and today Man O’ War takes responsibility for maintaining its beauty and integrity for future generations. Grapes were first introduced to Man O’ War in 1993, with a firm belief that world class wines could be produced there. Since then the team has carefully selected and developed 76 individual pockets of hillside, each chosen for the unique and exceptional qualities they bring to the wines. Today 150 acres of vines are strategically placed around Man O’ War’s 4,500 acres. Meticulous design ensures that the distinct soil profile and microclimate of each block is used to best advantage, with different rootstocks, clones and planting densities selected to match the specific terroir on offer.

The wines regularly wine numerous accolades and Sara Fogarty added, “None of this success could be achieved without the exceptional quality wine produced by our talented vineyard team. In an increasingly competitive environment, it is a challenge to get initial contact and then share of mind from top establishments; however the numerous accolades and awards enable us to be taken as a serious, quality proposition. The wine then sells itself!”

Wines on Tasting: 

  • Man O' War Sauvignon Blanc 2014
  • Man O' War Bordeaux Blend 2011
  • Gravestone Sauvignon Blanc Semillon 2013
  • Valhalla Chardonnay 2014
  • Ironclad 2010
  • Dreadnought 2013
  • Bellerophon 2014
     

Places remaining: 11

Course Date/Time: Tue 4th Apr 2017 at 7pm

Duration: 2 hours

Venue: Wine Cellars, Fulham

Event Price: £30.00

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