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Palliser Estate Martinborough Sauvignon Blanc 2016

20 April,2017
The undisputed leader in Sauvignon Blanc from Martinborough is that of Palliser Estate. From the start, it was the company’s white flagship accompanying the Pinot Noir which also vies for a place among the best of the region, these two varieties the most widely planted in the district. The quality of all of the Palliser whites is very high, and the Methode Traditionnelle, Riesling and Chardonnay are almost at the same level as the Sauvignon Blanc. However, for me, the Sauvignon Blanc remains ahead, due to its consistently rich and intense fruit flavours, often with the same power of passionfruit as the best from Marlborough, while offering a little edge of further ripeness, texture and detail that one might see in the best versions of the variety from Hawke’s Bay The wine always remains fruit-focussed, and receives no oak inputs to ensure freshness. Over the last few vintages, I have seen a growing elegance and finesse in the style. Here, I review the latest release, the 2016 vintage. www.palliser.co.nz

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Palliser Estate Martinborough Sauvignon Blanc 2016

Sauvignon Blanc from New Zealand – Wairarapa & Wellington

18.5/20
Bright pale straw colour with slight green hues, lighter on the rim. The nose is very elegant and fine in concentration, the aromas gently unfolding to show rich, pungent passionfruit intermixed with tropical fruit, herbs, green stonefruits and mouthwatering minerals. Dry to taste and medium-bodied, the palate possesses elegantly packed, lusciously thirst-quenching and lively flavours of passionfruit, tropical fruits, herbs and green stonefruits. The wine flows a very fine-textured, smooth line unfolding mouthwatering mineral notes, along with fresh lacy acidity lending energy and tension. The flavours carry to a long, lingering finish of passionfruit and minerals. This is an elegantly concentrated, lively and succulent Sauvignon Blanc with flavours of passionfruit, herbs and green stonefruits, along with mouthwatering mineral notes. Match with Pacific Rim fare over the next 2+ years. Fruit from the ‘Palliser/Clouston’ and ‘East Base’ vineyards, fermented in stainless-steel to 13.7% alc. and 3.9 g/L RS, the wine aged 6 months on lees. 18.5/20 Apr 2017 RRP $27.90
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