Drink.  Learn.  Laugh.  Repeat.

Welcome Back!Sign in here:

Not Registered?Become one of our thirsty clan 275,916 strong:

Register Today!

Marisco The King's Bastard Chardonnay 2012 Wine Review

Marisco The King's Bastard Chardonnay 2012

Marisco The King's Bastard Chardonnay 2012

Wairau Valley, Marlborough, South Island, New Zealand

Community Score:88/100

Community Reviews: 3

  Add My Review

Price: $19.95

Drink: 2013-2017

Bottle size: 750 ml

Alcohol: 13.5%

Sweetness: Dry

Wine Type: White Wine

Winery: Marisco

Agent: Glencairn Wine Merchants

Natalie's Score: 87/100

A balanced, full-bodied New Zealand Chardonnay from the cool climate of Marlborough. Generous oak aging. Pair with roast chicken.

Chardonnay food pairings: pork tenderloin, stuffed roast turkey.

Plush Pork Wine

This Marisco The King's Bastard Chardonnay 2012 was reviewed on December 6, 2014 by Natalie MacLean

More Vintages: 2015 

  Add New Vintage

Pricing & Stock Information

  • 652891
  • $11.66 
  • Check Stock

Reviews and Ratings

Heather Wall - CS; WSET Advanced rated this wine as 89/100 with the following review:

This Chardonnay won Bronze at Decanter Asia Wine Awards 2013. It is a big Chardonnay fit for a King. Lots of wood and wood smoke initially on the nose. Let this wine open up a little and along come the apple, pear, honeydew melon, citrus, vanilla, white pepper. I would love to see how this wine tastes in a few years. At $20 it's worth the investment. Medium+ acidity helps cleanse the plush oiliness on the palate. Perfect for Christmas dinner turkey with stuffing, mashed potatoes with lots of butter.
Tasted: December 2014
The de Marisco family are descended from William de Marisco (AD 1100) who is said to be one of 35 illegitimate children of King Henry the First, thereby (apparently) making him the King's Bastard. This New Zealand Winery has been well recognized in wine competitions. The Chardonnay grapes for this white wine are grown in the cool climate of the Waihopai valley, in the western region of the Wairau Valley. Pair with pork tenderloin. - Community Wine Reviews

If you liked the Marisco The King's Bastard Chardonnay 2012, you might also like these wines:




Join me in a free online video class to learn the secrets to perfect pairings.

Wine of the Week

As featured on  

CTV Wine of the Week!

Eradus White Wine
Sauvignon Blanc 2019,
Awatere Valley, Marlborough, South Island ...

Natalie MacLean

Canada's Most Quoted Wine Writer

Natalie MacLean is editor of Canada's largest wine review web site, publishing hundreds of wine reviews every week for more than 275,916 members.

She was named the World's Best Drinks Writer at the World Food Media Awards in Australia.

Natalie has published two books with Random House, the second was named one of Amazon's Best Books of the Year. Get access to all of her reviews today by becoming a member of her site.



Know the wines you want before you even get to the store with my wine reviews. Join now. It's free.

Red, White & Drunk All Over

  Best Books of the Year

Red, White & Drunk all over by Natalie MacLean

Natalie MacLean writes about wine with a sensuous obsession... and often laugh-out-loud funny... Terrific.

Rex Pickett, Sideways

Ms. MacLean is the disarming Everywoman. She loves wine, loves drinking ... ultimately, it's a winning formula.

Eric Asimov, The New York Times


Access my reviews on mobile with the bar code scanner.


Unquenchable: A Tipsy Search

  Best Books of the Year

Unquenchable by Natalie MacLean

Natalie MacLean is a new force in the wine writing world ‐ a fiesty North American answer to Hugh Johnson and Jancis Robinson. She can write beautifully about wine.

The Financial Times of London

There are very few people in the wine world who "get it" and Natalie is one of those who brings more fun to a buttoned-up and stodgy game.

Gary Vaynerchuck, Wine Library TV

Starting a Wine Cellar?

Expert advice for all budgets

Insider tips on starting a wine cellar
From wine racks to underground caves, insider tips on size and space, number of bottles, ideal conditions and reputable resources.   learn more  
Winner World's Best Drink Writer
WFour-Time Winner James Beard Foundation
Five-Time Winner Association of Food Journalists
Six-Time Winner Bert Greene Award
Best Wine Literature Book Gourmand World Cookbook Awards
Online Writer of the Year Louis Roederer International Wine Writing Award