Grape Varietal: 100% Marsanne
Growing Region: Gisborne, New Zealand
Chief Winemaker: Simon Nunns

The Coopers Creek ‘Select Vineyards’ series; are an exciting, site expressive range of varietal wines. As with all of the wines in the S.V. range this Marsanne is a small batch wine, carefully crafted from a completely new and vibrant grape varietal to this country. Simon and his team are producing a benchmark expression of this varietal and true to its origins. This wine can be described as an exotic aromatic, which is extremely food-friendly and ready to be enjoyed this coming summer season with fresh, light cuisine.


Each S.V. wine has a nickname, a light-hearted reference to its origin, its style or simply a slice of its history. The grapes for this wine were grown in Gisborne by Doug & Delwyn Bell. This wines names relates to Doug’s pride in his newly restored ‘Allison’ supercharged V12 engine from a Curtis Kittyhawk aircraft. Simon believes it is the first 100% varietal Marsanne to be made in New Zealand.
Marsanne loves warm and dry growing conditions to achieve balanced ripeness, which was achieved in Gisborne, during the stunning 2013 growing season. The fruit was harvested in ideal conditions on the 21st of March with fermentation starting in stainless steel tanks. The partially fermented juice was then transferred to 5 year old oak barrels to finish fermentation, and rest on its own lees for a brief time until the end of May, with the finished wine being bottled in June 2013.
In the glass this wine was a light green, lemon colour and a bright hue. On the nose, the wine is pure and fresh, with lifted honeysuckle and rock melon notes. The palate is up front and surprisingly full bodied, with ripe nashi pear characters, well balanced with great length and a lively and refreshing presence on the off-dry finish. Chill and serve at 8-10°C.

A vibrant and aromatic Marsanne wine.

Drinking perfectly well this coming summer season; and over the next 12-18 months

Perfect wine pairing with shellfish, well seasoned seafood cuisine, grilled Thai-chicken salads, and young camembert cheese, enjoy.