Winemaker Brent Marris is descended from the noble De Marisco family, whose members variously fell in and out of favour with the English monarchy in the 12th and 13th centuries. As Marlborough's favourite grape, Sauvignon Blanc here represents a time of the King's favour. A lively and intense, yet focused nose, with fresh citrus and a youthful, sweet tree sap note. Stony and firm on the palate, with an incisive, Sancerre-like structure, albeit with a ripe, rounded edge. At its best with fresh oysters, delicate white fish dishes, or soft and creamy goat's cheeses.
A precise and vibrant expression of Sauvignon Blanc that delivers aromas of wild mint, capsicum and ripe lime citrus atop savoury notes of sun-warmed hedgerow. This complex amalgam of flavour is delivered on a bright yet richly textured palate that derives vigour and length from a nervy seam of signature Waihopai acid.