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.
Pinot Gris 2020
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 2020 -Marlborough
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
This oak fermented Sauvignon Blanc is locally grown and offers ripe fruit flavours balanced by crisp acidity & a creamy richness. Cellar 1 - 6 years
Subtle peach and stone fruit aromatics displayed on the nose. The palate is round and full with hints of apple & spice.
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 2020
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.