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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 2023

Price: $31.00 
A light effervescence made from Chambourcin grapes. Delicious raspberry notes, a brilliant blush pink colour with a nice fresh crisp finish perfect for celebrating with.

Pinot Gris 2023

Price: $34.00 
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 2022 -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 2020 
Price: $30.00 
This oak fermented Sauvignon Blanc is locally grown and offers ripe fruit flavours balanced by crisp acidity & a creamy richness. Cellar 1 - 6 years
Rose 2023
Price: $32.00 
A light blush coloured wine, displaying a subtle strawberry bouquet coupled with a smooth palate and a hint of fruit sweetness.

Black Rock's Chardonnay 2023

Price: $46.00 
Malo-lactic fermentation & extended lees contact have enhanced this wine with toasty oak undertones. Cellar 1-4 years.

Late Harvest Muscat 2022

Price: $25.00 (375ml bottle)
A delicious bouquet of marmalade, dried apricots and citrus rind.

 

Red

Tempranillo 2020

Price: $30.00 
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 2021

Price: $30.00 
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

Cavalli 2020

Price: $29.00 
A blend of red grapes, purple red in colour with scented aromas of red berries, ripe fruit and toasty oak. The palate is generous, revealing rich leather characteristics balanced by firm tannins. Cellar 2-6 years.

Merlot 2021

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

Vigot Syrah 2020

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: $35.00 
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.”

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