Our Wines

Planted in the early nineties, Marsden Estate’s 10 acres of vineyards comprise Pinot Gris, Chardonnay, Muscat, Merlot, Pinotage, Chambourcin, Syrah and Tempranillo.

 

Approximately 20 other smaller vineyards and growers in the area have their wine made here by Rod MacIvor - Rod and Cindy MacIvor are the owner/operators of Marsden Estate which they first established back in 1993 when they planted their first vines. The restaurant opened soon after in 1996, showcasing their first harvest. Rod is the wine maker and his wife Cindy runs the restaurant. 

Many are award winners, reflecting the philosophy that the winemaking is carried out in the vineyard and that the process should encourage the natural flavours of the grape. The annual production is around 5,000 cases, 90% of wine sales are through our cellar door and restaurant.  

All the grapes for the following wines are grown on site with the exception of the Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc and the Viognier, which comes from a vineyard in Mangawhai, about 90mins south from us. The Northland soils and climate, coupled with the extended growing season produce wines with distinct regional flavours.

White

 

Sparkling Rose 2019 
Price: $30.00 
A lightly peach coloured sparkling displays a bouquet of fresh summer red berry fruits.

Pinot Gris 2020

NEW RELEASE: $31.00 
A medium-dry style which proves to be popular, the Pinot Gris is consistently our top selling lunch time wine in the restaurant. It displays delicate floral & apple aromatics, has a slightly oily texture, very good depth and harmony complemented with a slightly spicy finish.

Sauvignon Blanc 2019 -Marlborough
Price: $31.00 
The palate is full, refreshing and round. Prominently displaying lush passionfruit and tropical aromatics. A classic example of Sauvignon Blanc of a Marlborough origin. Devine.
 
Fume Blanc 2019 
SPECIAL: $25.00 
This oak fermented Sauvignon Blanc is locally grown and offers ripe fruit flavours balanced by crisp acidity & a creamy richness. Cellar 1 - 6 years
 
Viognier 2019 
Price: $30.00 
Subtle peach and stone fruit aromatics displayed on the nose. The palate is round and full with hints of apple & spice.
Rose 2020 
NEW RELEASE: $28.00 
Pressed after minimal skin contact and fermented at cool temperatures to retain fruit flavours. A light blush coloured wine displaying a subtle strawberry bouquet coupled with a smooth palate and hint of fruit sweetness.

Black Rocks Chardonnay 2019

Price: $46.00
Our flagship wine. Awarded top Chardonnay in New Zealand, Australia and 71 other countries. Barrell fermented in toasty French and American oak. Malo-lactic fermentation & extended lees contact have enhanced this wine adding that devine, buttery oak presence. A mouth-filling body yet smooth. Ripe stone fruit, rich, creamy & nutty. Cellar 10 years.

Late Harvest Muscat 2018

Price: $20.00 (375ml bottle)
A delicious bouquet of marmalade, dried apricots and citrus rind.

 

Red

Tempranillo 2017

SPECIAL: $25.00 
First harvest from these vines, showing alot of promise. Soft, warm fruit characters are complimented by supple tannins and a savoury complexity. Matured in French barriques for 12 months. Cellar 2-6 years

Chambourcin 2019

NEW RELEASE: $26.00 
A French hybrid. Deep ink and Crimson in colour, medium bodied in style. The palate is youthful & fresh. 16 months oak maturation has added complexity complemented by firm tannin along berry and spice characters so typical of this variety. Cellar 2-8 years

Pinotage 2019

Price: $32.00
The exceptional 2019 summer has produced this rich, ripe Pinotage. Picked at over 25 brix the nose hints of raspberries and spice. The palate is generous savoury and warm with enveloping lush tannins and good depth. Cellar 2 – 8 years

Merlot 2019

Price: $35.00
The 2019 summer drought produced exceptional fruit quality. Our Merlot is traditionally used for Rose but the Winemaker's daughter, Brenna, insisted a small parcel be set aside for a stand-alone Merlot. The resulting wine reflects rich sweet berry flavours, ripe tannins and integrated oak. Unfined/Unfiltered. Cellar 2 – 8 years

Syrah 2017

Price: $40.00 
Oak aged for 15 months, this wine displays a spicy vanilla bouquet with a warm, smooth palate, coupled with integrated cedar oak, finely balanced tannin.
Cellar 2 – 5 years

Marsden Port

Price: $32.00 
A tawny port that has aged in oak barrels for 5 years & has an intense, sweet palate, coupled with an impressive depth of flavours.
New Zealand International Wine Show

“Marsden Estate's Black Rock's Chardonnay is rich, opulent and seamless.”