2020 Ned Sauvignon Blanc
100% Sauvignon Blanc
“This is a straightforward but fairly well-balanced poolside sipper with less shrieking acidity than others in this category. Leading with a perfume of cantaloupe, grapefruit zest, lime, there's an underbelly of green herbs and snow peas. Zingy acidity flings itself onto the palate but is caught by vibrant fruit flavors and a touch of textural weight.” Wine Advocate
Brent Marris grew up on some of the very first vineyards in Marlborough, planted by his father. As a young winemaker, he was responsible for the development of two major New Zealand wine brands – Oyster Bay and Wither Hills. Tapping into his deep well of knowledge, Brent selected a number of outstanding local sites as base for a venture to create his own family legacy – Marisco Vineyards.
Driven by a love of viticulture and winemaking instilled in his teens, Brent was the first local Marlborough resident to become a qualified winemaker. In 1994, after helping establish the Oyster Bay brand, he founded Wither Hills with his father, pioneering Marlborough viticulturist John Marris. Eight years later, the brand had grown dramatically and was sold to a multi-national beverage company.
Marisco Vineyards was conceived in 2003, when Brent began his search for a special vineyard property to provide a base for his next venture. This time, the aim was to establish a family legacy that last for generations.
Born of the Waihopai Valley, The Ned represents the vibrant diversity that is so prevalent in the Marlborough wine-growing region. One of Marlborough’s famous peaks, The Ned mountain served as the playground for Brent during his youth. The ethos “Young At Heart” encapsulates this wine; a true expression of grassroots winemaking that places the energy and liveliness of adventure in every bottle.
Delightfully ripe aromas of gooseberry and white peach are laced with refreshing notes of lime. The fleshy mid palate is tamed by an underlying minerally acid backbone that culminates in a bright, zesty finish. Pair with scallops sautéed in garlic butter with a crunchy green garden salad. Crafted to be enjoyed now, will age for 2–3 years.
90% Merlot, 10% Sangiovese
Purchased by Massimo Ferragamo (youngest son of Salvatore Ferragamo) in 2003. After major investment in the vineyards and winery, Castiglion del Bosco has been restored to its position as a leading Montalcino estate producing some of Italy’s finest wine.
The grapes for Dainero are grown in a well-ventilated vineyard with a constant breeze from the Mediterranean. Vines are Guyot trained and planted with modest density to allow the vines to thrive. The soils are a mix of gravel and iron rich clay giving great concentration to the grapes and wine.
The grapes are hand-picked and transported to Montalcino for vinification. The wine is fermented in stainless steel for 15 days. After fermentation, the wine is matured in French barriques, 30% new and 70% second passage, for added texture and body. After bottling, the wine spends six months in bottle before release.
“Loads of primary fruit showing now, set very much in the essence-zone with cherry compote, violet perfume and blackberry purée. The palate shows good depth and composition, though, a firm layering of tannins carrying darkly spiced fruit long and vivid, thanks to refreshing acidity. Drink now.” 92 Points James Suckling
Ruby red in color, Dainero is a finely-balanced wine and releases intense notes of fruit and spice. It is full-bodied and well-rounded in the mouth. Excellent with pasta dishes with meat sauces and tomatoes, red meat and medium aged cheeses.