Origin: Marisco Vineyards, Marlborough, New Zealand
Taste guide: Dry, ripe stone fruit flavours, hints of citrus, buttery notes, vanilla tones, oaked
75cl - 13.5% - screwcap
Brent Marris is one of New Zealand’s most successful winemakers . Back in 1978 his family were contract growers for Montana Wines – now Brancott Estate – before Brent joined Delegats Wine Estate in 1985 as Chief Winemaker where he was responsible for the establishment of the Oyster Bay brand. In 1994, he returned to his roots to establish Wither Hills with his father as viticulturist. The brand soon became critically acclaimed and Wither Hills flourished commercially. After the company was sold, seeking a new challenge, Brent searched the Marlborough region for the ideal vineyard site to establish a new international brand. In 2003, he found his ideal location on the banks of the Waihopai River and founded Marisco Vineyards and created The Ned brand, named after the mountain which overlooks Marlborough's stunning Waihopai Valley.
In 2013 Marisco acquired the 2,300 hectare Leefield Station property located in the south of the Waihopai Valley. The vineyards embody a boutique, small-block functionality on a large scale, able to take the fresh vibrant flavours of Marlborough wine to the world.
The vintage of 2018 was one of the best on record with above-average temperatures in the key ripening months of January to March 2018. Quality viticulture, an effectively managed harvest teams and the ability to vinify a fast intake of fruit were key reasons why Marisco was able to create this vibrant wine - typical of the Waihopai Valley, Marlborough.
The harvest was a mix of both hand and machine-harvested fruit; the hand-harvested fruit was whole bunch pressed directly to barrel, while the machine-harvested Chardonnay was completely destemmed and the juice settled prior to fermentation. All batches were fermented cool in 500L French oak puncheons, 40% of which were new. Following fermentation, the wine was aged in barrel on full lees for a further 9 months with periodic stirring to build weight, complexity and mouth feel. 80% of the batches underwent malolactic fermentation.
The wine is a lovely golden yellow in colour and shows elevated aromas of ripe stone fruits which marry well with a lavish French oak spice. The rich and full palate delivers a weighty and creamy fruit-driven core balanced with a lively acidity that emanates from the cool climate vineyards of Marlborough's Waihopai Valley.
This wine compares favourably with White Burgundies at twice the price.
GOLD MEDAL Mundus Vini Wine Awards 2019
This wine was crafted to be enjoyed within 3 – 5 years of vintage date so is at its optimum now and will continue to drink well for a few years.
You can't go past the 2018 Chardonnay matched with a crisp salmon steak paired with fresh seasonal vegetables.
Primarily a restaurant wine but has been seen on other internet sites at prices up to a mouth watering £16.95.
Binendwines' price is £8.95.