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Palliser Estate Martinborough Sauvignon Blanc 2018

10 December,2018

The Palliser Estate Sauvignon Blanc is arguably the Wairarapa’s leading wine of that variety, having won many gold medal awards over the years. The style that winemaker Allan Johnson produces is that more in the ripe tropical fruit and pungent passionfruity expression which has the palate richness to match. There have been vintages and bottlings that have had a more refined style, but I believe that the Palliser clientele do appreciate the fuller style. Even the 2017, from a vintage which lent itself to making more slender wines, it possessed the passionfruity flavours (click here to see my review). It’s a winning formula that combines the bold fruitiness of the Marlborough wines, with the richer weight from examples from the North Island, particularly Hawke’s Bay. Here, I review the 2018 Palliser Estate Sauvignon Blanc. www.palliser.co.nz


Palliser Estate Martinborough Sauvignon Blanc 2018

Sauvignon Blanc from New Zealand – Wairarapa & Wellington


Brilliant, light straw-yellow colour with pale gold suggestions, pale on the rim. The nose is softly full and voluminous with well-concentrated and refined aromas of ripe tropical fruit entwined with passionfruit, harmoniously melded with fresh and dark herbs and subtle white floral nuances. This is mouthwatering. Dry to taste and medium-bodied, the palate is elegantly proportioned with vibrant and lively, piquant passionfruit flavours with fresh herb detail. The palate possesses refreshing, crisp acidity lending poise and vitality, and the wine flows along a fine line, leading to a luscious, thirst-quenching finish with fine, dry textures. This is a vibrant and lively, elegantly proportioned Sauvignon Blanc with a voluminous nose and finely concentrated flavours of passionfruit, herbs and florals on a mouthwatering palate. Serve with Pacific Rim fare over the next 2 years. Fruit from the ‘Palliser’, ‘Clouston’ and ‘East Base’ vineyards, cool-fermented in stainless-steel to 12.4% alc., the wine spending 4 months on lees. 18.5+/20 Dec 2018 RRP $28.50

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