RECENT FEATURES




Spy Valley and Envoy 2016 Gewurztraminer
West Brook Marlborough Chardonnay and Pinot Noirs, Waimauku Pinot Gris, Chardonnay and Malbec
Craggy Range 2015 Aroha, Sophia and Le Sol
Dandelion GSM 2016 and Les Courtilles Cotes du Rhone 2015
Two Rivers ‘Altitude’ Marlborough Pinot Noir 2014
Georges Road 2016 Rosé and Pinot Gris, 2014 Rose and Pinot Noir, and Syrah 2015 and 2016
Kidnapper Cliffs 2014 Chardonnay and 2013 Cabernet Merlot and Syrah
Archangel 2015 Pinot Gris, 2013 Stefania and Halina Rieslings and Pinot Noir
Sugar Loaf 2016 Marlborough Riesling, Pinot Gris, Chardonnay and Pinot Noir
Mt Beautiful 2016 Rosé, Sauvignon and Riesling, and 2015 Pinot Gris
SOHO ‘Zabeel’ Waiheke Island 2015
Alexander 2016 Martinborough Pinot Noir and Merlot
Te Whare Ra 2016 Sauvignon Blanc, Riesling ‘D’, Pinot Gris, and 2015 Pinot Noir
Ostler Waitaki Valley Pinot Gris, Gewurztraminer and Pinot Noir
Yealands Single Vineyard Awatere Pinot Noir 2016
Matahiwi Estate 2016 Sauvignon Blanc, Pinot Gris and Chardonnay
Mills Reef 2016 Reserve Syrah and 2015 Elspeth Cabernet Sauvignon
Montsable Pays d’Oc Chardonnay 2016
Jules Taylor 2016 Pinot Noir and ‘OTQ’ Sauvignon, Chardonnay and Pinot Noir
Main Divide 2015 Pinot Gris and Chardonnay, and 2014 Pinot Noir
te Pa 2016 Chardonnay and Pa Road 2015 Pinot Noir
Elephant Hill Hawke’s Bay Syrah 2015
Moana Park 2014 Gewurztraminer and 2015 SVR Pinot Noir
Dashwood Marlborough Pinot Noir 2016
Spade Oak ‘Heart of Gold’ Gisborne St Laurent 2014
// View More Featured Reviews

Featured Reviews




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

FEATURED WINES IN THIS REVIEW



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
Copyright © 2011 Raymond Chan Wine Reviews
Website by DataFlex | Design by Skinny