This week, the Marisco family introduced their Diamond Heart sparkling wines - a Blanc de Blancs and a Cuvee - and the story behind them will warm your heart.
This article was created in partnership with Marisco Wines
The 2017 Waihopai Cuvee, a blend of Chardonnay and Pinot Noir, embraces what Marisco love about both varieties; the chardonnay offers aromas of freshly baked bread and green apple while the Pinot Noir provides an elegant, perfumed complexity. The palate is richly textured from the extended lees contact and is balanced by a beautifully crunchy acidity that leads to a dry, crisp finish.
While the 2017 Blanc de Blancs has Initial delicate aromas of crushed Braeburn apples leading into a nuanced background of brioche and gently toasted almonds. The palate is crisp and juicy with a lovely balance between the firm acid backbone and yeast derived creaminess. Fine, persistent bubbles ensure a finish of great length and freshness.
"Diamond Heart epitomises sparkling beauty and is a tribute to Rosemary Marris, co-owner of Marisco Vineyards, wife of Brent Marris and mother to their four daughters," say Marisco. "She is the vibrant heart of their family but also very much the esteemed matriarch of ours."
"Much like a diamond, often adding a touch of panache and glamour, she helps us drive the company forward, always with a sparkle and a smile."
We're looking forward to sampling both the Blanc de Blan and the Cuvee over the holidays, but we also note that the release is perfectly timed for Champagne fans who are keen to support local by enjoying New Zealand sparkling wines.
Congratulations, Marisco, we'll be popping a bottle open for you this weekend!
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