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Palliser Estate ‘The Griffin’ Methode Traditionnelle 2015

02 May,2018

Palliser Estate has held the crown for the premier sparkling wine in the Martinborough district from the start. Part of its success is due to the breadth of vineyard source for the fruit which enables appropriate blending for balance. Another part of its success is due to the considerable care and attention to making what many regard as one of the most technically difficult styles. And credit must be given to the consistently log maturation on lees, this being a requirement for complexity. There have been some other excellent sparkling wines made in the Wairarapa, but none has the consistency of the Palliser Estate. Here, I review the new release method traditionnelle, in new livery and carrying a new name: ‘The Griffin’. www.palliser.co.nz

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Palliser Estate ‘The Griffin’ Martinborough Methode Traditionnelle 2015

Sparkling Wine from New Zealand – Wairarapa & Wellington

19-/20

Bright straw-yellow colour with pale golden hues and some depth, the bead is moderately fine and persistent. The bouquet is softly full and well-concentrated with harmoniously melded aromas of white and yellow stonefruits entwined with positive bready-yeasty autolysis, along with subtle nutty complexities. The aromatics are fresh and unfold white floral and mineral suggestions. Dry to taste and medium-bodied, the palate has fresh flavours of white and yellow stonefruits along with fragrant white florals, some citrus fruit notes, all melded with a gentle layering of bready and yeasty autolysis. The mouthfeel is refreshing with fine, lacy acidity and the effervescence provides a creaminess to the texture and flow. The wine carries seamlessly with good energy to an elegantly proportioned, long finish. This is a harmoniously balanced, refreshing method traditionnelle with stonefruits, florals, citrus and bready-yeasty flavours on a seamless flowing palate. Serve as an aperitif, with canapés and poultry over the next 3+ years. A blend of 50% clone 2/23 Chardonnay from the ‘Om Santi’ vineyard and 50% clone 5 Pinot Noir from the ‘Pinnacles’ vineyard, fermented to 12.4% alc. with 8 g/L dosage, the wine undergoing MLF, and aged one year on primary lees then 2 years on lees in bottle, the wine disgorged March 2018. Lot L214. 19.0-/20 May 2018 RRP $52.00

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