From Marlborough's Wairau Valley, well worth the money.
The Curious Kiwi loves sticking its beak into an aromatic glass of wine. Instead of burrowing and digging, he has developed a taste for the finer things in life and in the process, he's discovered this beautiful New Zealand Pinot Gris.
The Curious Kiwi has been on a fact finding mission to find the best Pinot Gris in New Zealand. He instantly fell in love with this wine's alluring combination of white pear, papaya and floral spice that is certain to satisfy anyone's curiosity.
Marlborough winery Marisco Vineyards was named New Zealand Winery of the Year, the award presented by the International Wine & Spirits Competition, is considered one of the most prestigious international accolades and follows a dream run of eight international gold medal wins for Marisco Vineyards over a two month period.
"The competition for this level of award is enormous" says Marisco Vineyards Proprietor and Chief Winemaker Brent Marris. "We were judged against some of the best New Zealand wineries and it's both thrilling and humbling to take the top spot".
The International Wine & Spirits Competition (UK) is considered one of the top three global wine competitions, alongside the Decanter wine awards (UK) and the Sydney International Wine Competition. More than 7000 wines were entered this year, including 340 from 74 New Zealand wineries.
Marisco Vineyards produces The Ned and The Kings series brands from its new generation winery in the Waihopai Valley, and their range includes Sauvignon Blanc, Pinot Gris, Chardonnay, Pinot Noir and Noble Sauvignon Blanc.
"I think what sets us apart is that we're eternal optimists. We're 110% focused on what's possible, even when other people tell us its impossible. That's seen us turn an old cattle farm into a high quality vineyard, develop entirely new technologies to incorporate into our high-tech winery, and bold entrepreneurism, that exists in every person in our company" he says.
Marisco Vineyards moved into the USA, Canada and China in 2011, and is currently building relationships in Norway and Sweden with a view to moving there in 2012.
"Winning this title, with the highest international credentials, will really support our growth plans for 2012" Marris said. "We're on a very exciting journey and are immensely proud to be flying the New Zealand on the world stage"
World Food Wine:
Region: New Zealand
Variety: Pinot Gris.
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