Duncan McTavish - Winemaker

Duncan’s heart and soul, and enormous talent, are all reflected in each of the extraordinary wines he crafts at
Man O’ War. Of singular personality they are indeed the “definitive translation of our land”. The inaugural graduate of the Viticulture and Oneology degree program at Lincoln University in 1998, Duncan spent the following 3 years working harvest for some of the best producers in Burgundy, Germany, California, Australia and New Zealand. This apprenticeship culminated in 2001 when he landed a job with one of New Zealand’s greatest wine producers, the Waipara Valley’s inimitable Pegasus Bay. After nearly 4 years under the wing of Pegasus, Duncan left to develop his own winemaking ideas at Waipara Springs until 2008, when we were fortunate enough to entice him north to Man O’ War. He now makes his home on Waiheke living above Onetangi Beach with his partner Vanessa, son Tommy and baby daughter.

 

Matt Allen - Vineyard Manager

Matt is irrefutably dedicated to the pursuit of wine growing excellence and has meticulously fashioned and farmed each and every vineyard at Man O’ War from the ground up. Born and raised in Gisborne, on the east coast of the New Zealand’s North Island, Matt would often be seen around the sports fields of Poverty Bay trying to emulate the feats of his father and uncles who all made national age group honours in either rugby or boxing. However in the days when rugby and cricket were still amateur sports in New Zealand, he quickly realized he would need a 'real job' to pay the bills. Taken on by Montana Wines in 1987 he learnt his trade from the bottom up, before setting off on an 'O.E.' to Wales to pull pints and push from the second row. On his return to these fair shores, Matt joined Man O’ War as our first and only Vineyard Manager. He has lived in Man O’ War Bay since 1993, when he planted the first vines on our land, in a home he now shares with his partner Denise and their two daughters, Brooklyn and Gracie.