Marisco

Marisco was selected as the New Zealand winery of the year in 2011 by the IWSC in London. The Marris family are descendants of William de Marisco (approximately 1100 AD), who was said to be one of the 35 illegitimate children of King Henry the First. They are pioneers in the wine industry of the Marlborough wine region.

 

Their vineyard is located on the banks of the Waihopai River and on the Southern side of the Wairau Valley. The Waihopai River runs the length of their 268 ha vineyard and not only provides a picturesque boundary but its ancient river shingles are an essential part of the vineyard’s terroir. This location consistently enjoys warmer daytime temperatures and lower rainfall than areas to the North. These daytime temperatures, followed by cool nights, encourage intense flavor development which is the hallmark of Marlborough wine. In February 2009 they broke ground on a new 6,000 ton state of the art winery, and the 2010 vintage was the first crush in the new facility.

 

Marisco produces three brands, Fernlands, The Ned and The Kings Series. Fernlands is the newest of the wines produced by Marisco. The fruit is all estate grown. The Ned was launched in 2006 and is named after one of the tallest, most rugged peaks to the southeast of their vineyard. In October 2009 they launched The Kings Series range, a celebration of their family heritage dating back to the 12th Century.  Each wine in the range tells a story about their ancestors, the de Mariscos, and their tempestuous relationship with the English monarchy.

Fernlands Sauvignon Blanc malborough

100% Sauvignon Blanc
Viticulture:The vineyard where Fernlands Sauvignon Blanc is grown is one of Marlborough’s best. The soil is an ancient riverbed comprised of three unique terraces of free draining silty loam topsoil. There are 2,500 vines per hectare and all have 2-3 canes adding enhanced flavour concentration to each and every grape bunch.
Vintage: The 2013 Marlborough vintage will be remembered for its abundance of sunshine. The warm days and cool nights provided the perfect growing conditions. Cooler evening temperatures slowed the fruit development which further enhanced the aromatic expression, minerality and balance of the wines.
Winemaking: Fernlands is produced in a “New Generation” Winery in the heart of Marlborough. We use temperature controlled fermentation in stainless steel tanks and carefully select yeast strains chosen for their ability to capture the true essence of Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc.
Analysis:
Alcohol 12.5%
PH 3.18
Titratable Acidity 7.4 g/L
Residual Sugar 4.4 g/L

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Price: FL $104.00, 3 cs $96.00, 6 cs $88.00
 
Pinot Rose The Ned

30% Pinot Gris 70% Pinot Noir night harvested for freshness, gently pressed and fermented cool in their individual vineyard/variety batches. After brief lees contact, the lots are blended for optimal harmony, color, and drinkability. Bottled at 13% in stelvin.

Reviews:

Decanter 91/100
Tasting Notes: Clean, lifted and spicy/ floral notes on nose. The palate is pretty and fresh with a lifted berry fruit and fresh crunchy rhubarb and a hint of rose hop. Very sensitively made.

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Sauvignon Blanc The Ned

100% Sauvignon Blanc
Alcohol : 12.5%

Winemaking : all the wines are produced in a 'New generation' winery using temperature controlled fermentation in stainless steel tanks. Marisco winery carefully select yeast strains chosen for their ability to capture the true essence of Sauvignon Blanc

Color : Pale straw with a light green hue
Aroma : The quintessential Waihopai Sauvignon Blanc nose offers an exotic aroma of smashed, whole passion fruit and freshly squeezed limes, tinged with an edgy undercurrent of musky fragrance.
Palate : Bold, vivid flavors that mirror the nose are given life and length by having juicy acidity and a signature seam of nervy minerality .
Food matching : Blu cod, chips and a generous supply of fresh lemon wedges; dinner al fresco on the shores of your favorite beach.

Reviews:
Price: FL $120.00, 2 cs $112.00, 3 cs $108.00, 6 cs $102.00
 
Pinot Gris The Ned Waihopai River

100% Pinot Gris
Colour : Pale salmon blush
Aroma : Base fruit notes of pear and stone fruit are further enhanced with the subtle perfume of white-petal florals and sweet baking spice.
Taste : The Ned Pinot Gris offers a mouth filling richness with subtle tannin nuances from the increased skin contact. This texture enhances the wines overalls drinkability, whilst promoting the spicier concentration of fruit flavors.
Food matching : this Pinot Gris has been internationally recognized as the best wine match for Cantonese Dim Sim.

Winemaking : all the wines are produced in a 'New generation' winery using temperature controlled fermentation in stainless steel tanks. Marisco winery carefully select yeast strains chosen for their ability to capture the true essence of Sauvignon Blanc

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Price: (12 Bottles) FL $120.00, 3cs $112.00, 5cs $108.00
 
Pinot Noir Ned Ben Morven

All our wines are produced in our “New Generation” Winery using temperature controlled fermentation in stainless steel tanks. We carefully select yeast strains chosen for their ability to capture the true essence of Pinot Noir. Sourced from the renowned Ben Morven vineyard, with a long slow ripening period that has ensured optimal fruit expression and tannin ripeness. In the winery the fruit is completely de-stemmed, but not crushed, taking a majority of whole berries to tank. Individual batches were macerated cold prior to five day fermentation. The wine remained on skins post fermentation to optimise tannin extraction whilst locking in the deep, ruby colour. Drained and pressed, this wine was then aged in French oak puncheons for nine months during which time it underwent a complete, natural malo-lactic fermentation. Analysis Alcohol 13.5% PH 3.62 Titratable Acidity 5.8g/L Residual Sugar 1g/L

Reviews:
The sarsaparilla, clove and black tea notes are supported by fine-grained tannins. Wild blackberry and dried blueberry flavors show plenty of intensity and focus on the finish. Drink now through 2026. 20,000 cases made.

–MW  Wine Spectator 90 POINTS.

Price: Fl $160, 3cs $150
 
Chardonnay King's Bastard

Elegant and fruit-driven, the classic New Zealand Chardonnay is mouth- filling, with concentrated citrus and tropical fruit. A crisp acidity balances the flavours, which are often perfectly rounded with oak.

Its versatility makes Chardonnay a perfect canvas for viticulturists and winemakers eager to craft a masterpiece. A range of Chardonnays are produced in New Zealand from fruit-driven, unoaked styles to concentrated Burgundian styles.

During the 1990s, plantings of this internationally fashionable variety exceeded those of every other grape. Chardonnay remains planted in every region.
As a wine, Chardonnay strongly reflects New Zealand’s unique terroir and the huge diversity within its regions.

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Price: (6 Bottles) FL $80.00
 
Sauvignon blanc Kings Favour

Taste
A lively and intense, yet focused nose, with fresh citrus and a youthful, sweet tree sap note. Stony and firm on the palate, with an incisive, Sancerre-like structure, albeit with a ripe, rounded edge.

Enjoy
At its best with fresh oysters, delicate white fish dishes, or soft and creamy goat's cheeses.

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Price: (6 Bottles) FL $80.00, 4 cs $72.00
 
Pinot Gris Kings Thorn

The 2010 vintage was seamless with no bad weather interruptions – and on our Waihopai River Vineyard we experienced some of the coolest nights ever during the ripening period. The result was Pinot Gris fruit filled with ripe pear and nectarine flavours – delicious and sumptuous.

VARIETY
100% Pinot Gris.

ANALYSIS
Alcohol : 14%
AROMA
Ripe stone fruit, quince, white pepper.
PALATE
This wine displays a wonderful textural, fleshy flavour of white nectarine, pear and almond. It is rich, round and has a mouth feel finishing with subtle spice and purity.
A very fine quality flavour that cements this variety as a champion for the Waihopai
Valley region.

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Price: (6 Bottles) FL $
 
Pinot Noir King's Wrath

Intense, expressive, fruit-driven. Old World structure and elegance meets New World power and intensity.

Native to Burgundy and notoriously fickle (it is world class only in cool-climate regions), the Pinot Noir grape has found in New Zealand a home away from home. Our winemakers tease a tantalising array of distinctive regional and terroir-driven styles from the land. Common to all, however, are Old World structure and elegance overlaying New World power and fruit-driven intensity.

Pinot noir is predominantly grown in the cooler southerly regions. The huge diversity in climates and soils enables a wide range of styles from the five main Pinot producing regions.
Since the 1990s, plantings have expanded throughout all regions in the South Island and also in a few selected sites in the North Island.
Pinot Noir is now second only to Sauvignon Blanc in production volume, with major plantings in five key regions.
There has been 129% growth in export sales of New Zealand Pinot Noir in the last five years, with 9.5 million litres exported in the 12 months to June year-end 2011.

The supple richness of New Zealand Pinot Noir complements a range of savoury dishes. Try it alongside game birds such as quail, turkey, and duck; with a fillet of New Zealand salmon; or equally with pork, veal, lamb or venison.

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Price: (6 Bottles) FL $120.00, 3 cs $108.00
 
Sauvignon Blanc A Sticky End

Taste
Enticing and expressive on the nose, which offers ripe peach and lychee and fig, alongside subtle nutty notes. Intensely concentrated flavours of honey and ripe nectarine with a citrus lift.

Enjoy
Drink now or cellar for 2-3 years for more flavour development. Partner with summer fruit puddings.

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Price: (6 Bottles) FL $120.00