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"The 2014 The Ned Sauvignon Blanc has intense, almost electric citrus and green apple scents with hints of elderflower, chopped herbs and pea pods. Clean, crisp and refreshing in the mouth, it has mouthwatering citrus flavors and a good, long finish."
" Pale straw with a light green hue. Vibrant aromas of lime zest, lemongrass and passion-fruit with underlying base notes of mineral and fresh herbs. A lively combination of passion-fruit and crisp green apple flavours are drawn across the palate by a pristine mineral acidity. Perfect as an aperitif, this wine can also be enjoyed with a wide range of dishes including fresh asparagus soup with lemon and parmesan and seasonal shellfish tossed through fettuccine with fresh herb butter.
Brent Marris is one of the movers and shakers of the New Zealand wine industry. His father, John, was one of the first to plant Sauvignon Blanc vines in Marlborough. In 2003, Brent began his search for a special vineyard property that could become the iconic hub of a future winery. Relying on vast knowledge of the area built up as a youngster exploring the landscape that is Marlborough, he discovered an exceptional 268 hectare property on the banks of the Waihopai River. Brent said, “I knew immediately it had enormous potential. Tucked between the Delta Hills and the Waihopai River the property flows over three distinct terraces of clays and ancient river shingles, providing the fruit variation and complexity that a winemaker can normally only dream of from a single vineyard site.” Named after the summit of Marlborough at 909 metres above sea level, The Ned is an abiding symbol of “The Summit of Marlborough.” ~ Winery Notes
92 Points, Gold Medal - 34th San Francisco International Wine Competition
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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.