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Palliser Estate 2017 Rosé and 2016 Chardonnay

04 August,2017
The rosé style and Chardonnay variety have made comebacks into favour with the market in recent times. Rosé wines have experienced a boom where consumers have re-discovered the delights of a quality rosé and how the wines fit in with the modern lifestyle. Winegrowers and winemakers have responded to this increased interest by purposely making rosé wines, rather than having them as the by-product of red table wine making. At Palliser Estate, the style is relatively new, the first vintage being in 2014. Allan Johnson is a particularly thoughtful and meticulous winemaker, and it has not taken him long to make top class rosé wine. He aims for aromatics, finesse and balance. The 2016 Rosé was especially good, and I rated it at 5-stars (click here to see my review).

Chardonnay has also been evolving in New Zealand, from the bold and buttery, strongly oaked styles of the past to wines that are far more elegant, refined, ageworthy with detailed complexities, and excellent ability to work with food. Palliser Estate’s Chardonnay has always been in the modern and elegant style, but it too I believe has become more refined over time. The level of sophistication and complexity has also been increased, but not to the level where complex sulphide reduction, or the struck-match character dominates. Allan Johnson’s Chardonnay wines always showcase fruit first. Here, I review the new release 2017 Rosé and 2016 Chardonnay. www.palliser.co.nz

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Palliser Estate Martinborough Rosé 2017

Rose from New Zealand – Wairarapa & Wellington

18.5/20
Bright, pale cerise-pink colour with slight purple hues and some depth, lighter edged. The nose is fresh and elegantly presented with fragrant aromas of strawberries and cream, cranberries and notes of pomegranate, along with lifted florals, unfolding suggestions of confectionary. This has delicacy, finesse and subtle concentration. Dryish to taste and medium-bodied, the palate has bright and vibrant aromatic flavours of strawberries and cream, cranberries, pomegranate and fragrant florals, forming an elegantly concentrated, refined core and line. The fruit sweetness is balanced by crisp, refreshing acidity and fine, thirst-quenching phenolic textures. The fruit core has excellent linearity, and carries to a long, lingering finish of florals, strawberries and confectionary nuances. This is an aromatic-fruited, refreshing, dryish rosé with very fine textures. Serve as an aperitif, with canapes and Mediterranean fare over the next 2 years. Clones 777, 5 and Abel picked and pressed directly for the rosé style, given 3 hours skin contact and cool-fermented in stainless-steel to 12.6% alc. and 6.0 g/L RS, the wine aged 3 months on lees. 18.5/20 Aug 2017 RRP $24.00

Palliser Estate Martinborough Chardonnay 2016

Chardonnay from New Zealand – Wairarapa & Wellington

19/20
Bright, even straw-yellow colour with pale golden hues, lighter on the im. The nose is finely concentrated and well-packed with harmoniously interwoven aromas of ripe, white and yellow stonefruits melded with mealy complexities, and an amalgam of creamy barrel-ferment, nutty oak, and subtle flint and mineral detail, unveiling a touch of smoke. Medium-bodied, the palate has rich and near-luscious flavours of stonefruits and creamy barrel-ferment notes, entwined with mealy complexities, nutty oak and subtle flint and mineral elements. The flavours form a layered and elegantly concentrated core with fresh, lacy acidity lending energy, and light phenolics providing structure and a little grip. The flavours carry to a very long and sustained, mealy, nutty finish. This is a rich, complex and harmoniously layered Chardonnay with stonefruit, mealy, creamy and nutty flavours on a fresh, concentrated palate. Serve with seafood, poultry and pork over the next 4+ years. 59% clone 95 and 41% clone 5, the fruit 53% from the ‘Om Santi’ vineyard and 47% from the ‘Palliser/Clouston’ vineyard, vines 6-10 y.o., fully barrel-fermented with light solids, 26% by indigenous yeasts to 13.6% alc., the wine aged 10 months in 31% new oak, the wine undergoing batonnage once, and 95% MLF. 19.0/20 Aug 2017 RRP $42.00
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