About Marisco 2019 Pinot Gris, The Ned, Waihopai River, Marlborough
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 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 643 acre vineyard. This location shows consistently warmer daytime temperatures and lower rainfall than areas to the North. The Ned wines are named after one of the tallest, most rugged peaks to the southeast of their vineyard.
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 color 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.
The wine is instantly recognizable from its salmon pink color. It's 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 flavor. a delicious example of skin contact "orange" Pinot Gris.