The King's Desire Pinot Rose 2017

The King's Desire Pinot Rose 2017
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In the 12th and 13th century, they inhabited Lundy Island off the southwest coast of England. The Kings Series wines were created to celebrate the scandalous stories of these ancestors. King Henry the First is said to have fathered some 35 illegitimate children, one of whom was apparently William de Marisco. Many assume this is the reason the de Marisco family had ties to the Royal Court thereafter – all as a direct result of The King’s Desire.


Sourced from The Slopes and Leefield Station vineyards in the Southern Valleys of Marlborough.


100% Pinot Noir.

Vintage 2017 delivered a smaller than predicted crop for Marlborough’s wine industry, ensuring the vibrant, fruit-driven wines the region is so well known for, were achieved. Summer started early with warm weather leading to good flavour development, indicating the potential for great wine. Our vineyard staff and winemakers spent plenty of time in those early days of the season, working out how to get the best balance from our vines – and ultimately into our wines. Nature threw in some challenges along the way, with a major November earthquake, a cool and windy summer and stints of rain in Autumn. Rigorous vineyard management and careful harvest decisions have ensured our Marisco wines have an exciting spectrum of flavours from our harvested grapes. A growing year of challenges – resulting in wines to remember!


Leefield Station Pinot Noir was machine harvested, fully destemmed and gently crushed prior to pressing, while The Slopes Pinot Noir was harvested by hand and whole-bunch pressed. Cold settled for 2 – 3 days, both Rosé batches were racked clean to a mix of both tank and 500L French oak barrels (puncheons). Following a slow, cool fermentation with aromatic yeast strains and a short time of lees maturation, the tank and barrel portions were blended and returned to tank to allow the various componentry to integrate.


Alcohol 12.5%
pH 3.29
T.A 5.8g/L
Residual sugar 1.6g/L

A delicate, yet richly complex bouquet of watermelon and rosewater with raspberries and cream; delivered within a palate that is neatly polished and dangerously slippery. Juicy acid edges plus the retention of some natural Pinot skin tannin has resulted in a sustained, refreshingly dry finish.

Nothing too structured or formal, we recommend you try our 2017 King’s Desire Pinot Rosé with your favourite antipasto platter – preferably outdoors.

Up to 3 Years.

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