New Zealand’s Marisco Vineyards has overhauled its business by appointing a new winemaker and deciding to bottle a range of wines in screen-printed glass.
Liam McElhinney is leaving the estate after working as winemaker for four years, to be replaced by Matt Mitchell, a 20-year veteran winemaker formerly of Ager Sectus and Yealands.
The vineyard’s owner and chief winemaker Brent Marris, who graduated from the same college as Mitchell, said: “Although it is a farewell to our dear friend Liam and we are sure he will be an extraordinary success in his next adventure, we are delighted to have Matt on board and looking forward to tasting his skills with the 2013 vintage.”
The new screen-printed packaging will be rolled out on new vintages of The Kings’s Series, which includes The King’s Favour, Sauvignon Blanc 2012 and The King’s Thorn, Pinot Gris 2012.
Marris added that the new bottle will “not only better reflect the premium quality of the wine inside but also further flatter the label artwork”.