The Leefield Station Sauvignon Blanc 2017 is comprised of tropical flavours, including peach, guava, melon and citrus. Fleshy and mellow, the wine has a purity and energy, the finish is long – the benchmark Marlborough style with more friendly acidity.
Leefield Station is a fully operational vineyard farm in the Waihopai Valley of Marlborough. One of the oldest stations in the area, it dates back to the 1840s when it was settled by Constantine Dillon. In 2013, Brent Marris of Marisco Vineyards purchased the 2300ha property with his sights set on the potential of pastoral farming and also on converting a large portion of the land to vineyard. “Leefield Station was originally purchased to grow our grape supply for our main brand, The Ned,” says Marris. “However, we have discovered a number of suitable sites where we will be able to grow boutique vineyards within the larger property, giving us scope to create new brands with their own distinctive style and flavour.”
When complete, Leefield Station will be home to 650ha in vineyards, about 200ha in parkland and streams, the high country sheep and beef will have 1050ha of hillsides to themselves, and there are 300ha of QEII protected native bush. Construction has already started on the Leefield Station Village at the heart of the property, which will house all of the viticultural amenities, as well as a tavern for hosting special guests, with a common green, a kitchen garden and accommodation.
While Marisco Vineyards is most well known for its world-class range of wines, including The Ned, The King’s Series and The Craft Series, the Leefield Station brand marks a new chapter for this progressive family wine company. In 2017, the first Leefield Station vintage from its vines hit the market; an award-winning sauvignon blanc and a delicious pinot gris. Leefield Station has also just released a chardonnay and pinot noir to add to its portfolio. Future plans also include a few niche blocks of other varieties.