Wine Spectator 88
"A slight blush hue accents the strawberry and peach flavors, set on a supple and juicy frame. Details of spice and watermelon linger on the finish. Drink now. "
"The growing season of vintage 2019 in Marlborough has resulted in a smaller than expected yield across the entire region but also delivered intensely flavoured fruit of exceptional quality. Well established soil moisture levels set us up perfectly for an uncharacteristically warm winter. Spring produced near perfect conditions for bud burst and canopy establishment while a lack of any significant spring frosts resulted in very high yield predictions. Above average rainfall combined with below average wind and sunshine hours in December meant flowering and fruit set was slightly below earlier predictions. However, almost drought-like conditions from Christmas onwards meant a dry, hot ripening season allowing the fruit to reach intense levels of flavour and ripeness. It also meant that despite some heavy, late season rain the fruit was in immaculate condition come harvest time and in pristine condition on receival at the winery. The highs and lows of the 2019 vintage have thrown some challenges our way but a well-prepared vineyard and winery team significantly reduced the potential impact of these events. The end results are some incredibly concentrated, ripe and balanced wines of extraordinary quality."
"A portion of fruit was given skin contact to help enhance a salmon pink colour into the wine, thereby endorsing the signature style for The Ned Pinot Gris. The fruit was then gently pressed and fermented in stainless steel tanks. Temperature control ensured a slow, steady fermentation to preserve aromatics. Selected yeast strains were chosen to enhance varietal intensity and mouthfeel for this Pinot Gris."
"Instantly recognisable from its salmon pink colour, the 2019 vintage is delightfully aromatic featuring bright florals and ripe aromas of white peach and honeydew with hints of baking spice. The harmonious palate is fresh and full of flavour — a delicious example of cool climate Marlborough Pinot Gris."
"Crafted to be enjoyed at the peak of its vibrancy and freshness, we recommend drinking this wine within 2 -3 years of vintage date." ~ Winery Notes
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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.