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The Luminary 2017 Pinot Gris and Pinot Noir

09 January,2018

The Luminary is a secondary brand of Palliser Estate that is strongly marketed primarily at the FMCG level. The label has seen success in wine judgings showing the good quality of the wines made by Allan Johnson and his team. The wines generally employ estate Martinborough fruit, but due to the demand, the Pinot Noir this vintage has incorporated wine from the wider Wairarapa region. Here, I review the new release 2017 Pinot Gris and Pinot Noir. Both are fresh, up-front and true to variety and style.


The Luminary Martinborough Pinot Gris 2017

Pinot Gris from New Zealand – Wairarapa & Wellington


Bright, pale straw-yellow colour, lighter on the rim. The nose is fresh with elegantly concentrated and firm, but uncomplicated aromas of white and yellow stonefruits with hints of florals, honeysuckle and suggestions of aromatic fermentation esters. Dryish to taste and medium-bodied, the palate has a moderately concentrated core of white and yellow stonefruits with subtle, savoury honeysuckle and floral elements. The flavours are up-front and the mouthfeel is refreshing with good vigour. The wine floes along a fine-textured line with underlying acidity providing good tension. The flavours recede a little on the finish. This is a moderately concentrated, dryish Pinot Gris with up-front stonefruit and subtle floral and honeysuckle elements with good vigour. Match with most white meat dishes over the next 2-3 years. Fruit from the ‘Om Santi’ vineyard fermented in stainless-steel to 12.5% alc. and 7 g/L RS, the wine aged 6 weeks on lees. 16.5+/20 Jan 2018 RRP $19.50

Bright pale straw-yellow colour with slight green hues. This has an elegantly concentrated nose with aromas of white stonefruits and pears with subtle notes of fragrant herbs and honeysuckle. This has good vinous depth and presence. Dryish to taste and medium-bodied, the palate has moderately concentrated flavours of white stonefruits entwined with an amalgam of pears, florals and herbs. The mouthfeel is bright and refreshingly lively and the palate flows along a light, grainy-textured phenolic line that caries to a dry, aromatic finish of pears and piquant herbs. This is a fresh and crisp, dry Pinot Gris with flavours of stonefruits, florals, pears and herbs on a light-textured, refreshing palate. Serve with seafood, poultry, salads and vegetables over the next 2+ years. Fruit from Om Santi vineyard, tank-fermented and blended with 8% oak-aged, the wine at 12.3% alc. and 7 g/L RS, and aged 2 months on lees. 16.5+/20 Aug 2017 RRP $19.50

The Luminary Wairarapa Pinot Noir 2017

Pinot Noir from New Zealand – Wairarapa & Wellington


Light red colour with slight garnet hues, pale edged. The nose is well-proportioned with good depth of red berry fruits entwined with an amalgam of nutty and toasty oak at the heart, unfolding subtle red floral notes with aeration. Medium-bodied, the palate has up-front flavours that combine soft red berry fruits and toasty, nutty oak to form a soft, but positive core. The palate has approachability and a supple mouthfeel with light tannin structure and balanced acidity. The wine flows to a light, toasty nuanced finish. This is an up-front Pinot Noir with red berry fruits and oak flavours of a supple, accessible palate. Serve with antipasto, tapas, pasta and risotto dishes over the next 3 years. Wine 89% from Gladstone and 11% from estate Martinborough fruit, fully destemmed and fermented to 12.5% alc., 11% aged in barrel and the remainder given new oak contact in tank. RR16.5+/20 Jan 2018 P $26.00

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