Man O’War, Dreadnought, Waiheke Island 2012


  • Drink: 2015-2025

Read Decanter's tasting notes for Man O’War, Dreadnought, Waiheke Island 2012, made from five tiny vineyards on Waighheke Island during a very wet vintage.

Man O’War, Dreadnought, Waiheke Island 2012

Decanter average score: 18.75/20pts

Made from five tiny vineyards on Waiheke Island – Man O’War has 150ha planted on 76 individual hillside blocks. 2012 was a wet and challenging vintage. To produce a wine of such quality in a year like that is a great credit to Man O’War’s adventurous winemaker Duncan McTavish and his team. It was a vintage where handpicking and sorting were essential if you wished to achieve a top result, which they did.

Melanie Brown 18.5 Sichuan pepper overwhelms the nose and carries blissfully to the palate. The wood-smoke oak use is slightly on the edge, but the palate manages to still captivate fruit purity and provide good complexity. Noticeable alcohol but finishes balanced and long. Outstanding!

Christine Parkinson 19 Damson and nutmeg aromas then woodsmoke and red plum palate. Dense and long, with firm but ripe and supple tannins. Mineral finish.

Philip Tuck MW 19 Lifted, aromatic style with a citric edge that adds to the purity. Perhaps very slightly green but I don’t mind this. There is ample fruit to give the wine balance and ageability. Excellent length. Very good!

Price: UK – £25.99-£34 AG Gallie, Carruthers & Kent, Hard to Find Wines, Highbury Vintners, Love Wine, The New Zealand Cellar, Oddbins, Salut Wines, The Wine Chamber. N/A USThe Good Wine Co (NZ).*

Alc 14.5%

*NZ stockist information from