IWSC: Best New Zealand Winery 2011 (Marisco Vineyards)
Layers of ripe berries are complemented by fine silky tannins. Subtle hints of chocolate and spice on the finish complete a wine of a charm and distinction.
Flavoursome meats such as duck and venison, accompanied by berry based sauces.
This Pinot Noir is planted in the deep clay loam of the Southern Valleys, universally regarded as the finest Pinot Noir terroir in Marlborough. The vines are cane pruned and meticulously tended to achieve a naturally balanced crop of intensely flavoured fruit.
Cooler flowering than normal, followed by one of the longest, driest summers on record, allowed the viticulture and winemaking teams to selectively harvest different blocks of perfectly ripe Pinot Noir when they reached the pinnacle of flavour development.
Brent Marris, Winemaker: "The 2011 vintage was a strong La Nina summer. For Marlborough this weather pattern brings warm temperatures with a bit more moisture than average. Spring was warm and sunny, with excellent flowering. Mid-summer had some scattered rain events which promoted vine health and healthy canopies. The warmer temperatures allowed for an early harvest of excellent fruit with great balance."
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”.