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Marisco Vineyards



Regular price $390.00 NZD
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Sourced from two chardonnay vineyards originally planted by John Marris. A pioneer grower of Marlborough.

This wine was developed with John Marris personality in mind – of strong character, focused, determined and with impressive vison. Hand selected fruit has been gently whole bunch pressed and barrel fermented in French oak producing a finely poised, harmonious wine with a lasting finish.

The desire for this wine is to be elegant yet powerful, like the great man it is dedicated to.

6 bottles

Tasting Note


A refined yet complex nose of ripe white peach and
toasted almonds is framed by a richly scented spice
from warm fermentation in large French barrels.
The weighty palate is balanced with juicy acidity
driven by ripe citrus freshness and texturally bound
together by fine oak tannin. This Chardonnay
reveals great density and length with a dry, savoury


his deliciously complex wine will be a great partner
to poultry, seafood, and pork dishes, but why not try
the 2018 Pioneer Chardonnay with homemade
gnocchi, fleshed out with pancetta, spinach, and
parmesan cream.


Crafted to be enjoyed within 6–8 years of vintage



Predominantly sourced from Clone 95 vines from
the Waihopai Valley with the balance being made
up from very low-yielding old Mendoza vines from
the Wairau Valley.


100% Chardonnay.


Hand-harvested and whole bunch pressed, the resulting juices were warm fermented on full solids in carefully selected French oak barrels. The young
wines were left to mature on full yeast lees for a
period of 10 months, with occasional stirring. As
the weather warmed in early spring, malolactic
fermentation was encouraged in approximately
two-thirds of the barrels.

  • Alcohol - 13.55%
  • pH - 3.53
  • Titratable Acidity - 6.23g/L
  • Residual Sugar - 0.72g/L



The advantageous climate of vintage 2018 provided
a welcome start to what would be a very successful
harvest period. A sustained warm spring meant our
vines got off to the best start possible, which further encouraged the notion of a blessed Marlborough season.

The start of summer brought one of the warmest
Decembers on record, while the key ripening
months of January to March 2018 continued to
provide above-average temperatures.

With the unpredictability surrounding weather
patterns towards the end of March, our team took
the challenge to start harvest early. From day one
we accumulated as much fruit as possible, resulting
in one of the fastest intake periods on record.

Quality viticulture, the ability to effectively manage
our harvest teams and a big front door are some of
the key reasons why we were able to create such
vibrant wines – typical of the Waihopai Valley,

Awards & Accolades

  • The Global Chardonnay Masters 2022
  • Cameron Douglas MS 2022

"Golden yellow hues and shiny appearance lead to scents of baked peach and vanilla, a burnt butter and toasty barrel quality, fresh apricot and apple. Full-bodied and satin textures touch the palate first with flavours of apple and citrus then peach and a nutty-barrel spice quality. Medium acidity and balanced even finish, a wine for enjoying from day of purchase through 2026."

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