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Palliser Estate Martinborough Pinot Gris 2017

06 March,2018

Recently visiting the Palliser Estate cellar door in Martinborough, we wanted to order wine to accompany the meat and cheese platters designed by Jo Crabb of Careme. Our choices of Rosé, followed by Pinot Gris and Chardonnay were all unfulfilled, as all had sold out. However, we happily settled on the Riesling 2017 and Pinot Noir 2016, both of which I’ve rated as 5-stars. This is indicative of the positive situation at Palliser Estate. The quality of the wines has taken a further step up, as of late. Allan Johnson’s wines have always featured stylish elegance, and have been easy to overlook if one was looking for a statement wine. I now see the wines have greater richness and increased subtle complexities, and in the whites, fine textures. This quality has been noticed by others, as nowadays, the Palliser Estate wines appear to be turning over quickly. The Pinot Gris has been especially popular. Allan focusses on fruit clarity and purity, and tends to avoid too much lees influence or any oak inputs, unless required. It’s a successful formula. Here, I review the 2017 Palliser Estate Pinot Gris, due for imminent release.


Palliser Estate Martinborough Pinot Gris 2017

Pinot Gris from New Zealand – Wairarapa & Wellington


Bright, light straw-yellow colour with pale green suggestions, lighter on the rim. The nose is softly full with fresh aromas of white and yellow stonefruits along with subtle notes of exotic florals, a little honeysuckle, some musk and lifted fermentation esters. Off-dry to taste and medium-bodied, the palate has gently rich and luscious flavours of white and yellow stonefruits entwined with exotic florals, musk and honied notes. The flavours form an up-front heart with good depth. The palate has a degree of unctuousness which is balanced by fine-grained phenolic textures with integrated acidity. The wine carries positively leading to a lingering finish with subtle flavours, but good presence. This is a gently rich and luscious off-dry Pinot Gris with stonefruit, floral, honied and musk notes on a palate with a good heart and presence. Match with Asian fare over the next 3+ years. Fruit from the ‘Om Santi’ and ‘East Base’ vineyards, fermented in stainless-steel to 12.5% alc. and 7 g/L RS, the wine aged on lees for 8 months. 18.5-/20 Mar 2018 RRP $31.00

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