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The Luminary 2018 Martinborough Sauvignon Blanc and Pinot Noir

06 December,2018

The Luminary is a secondary brand created by the Palliser Estate team in Martinborough for the FMCG channels. The fruit for the wines comes generally from the company’s own and contracted vineyards, and in the final analysis is a blending of components that are considered with what is employed in the Palliser Estate and Pencarrow labels. As such, the wines offer very good varietal character and style. They are made with approachability in mind as well. Some of the wines have gone on to high show competition awards. ‘The Luminary’ pays tribute to the inspirational people behind Palliser Estate, with the late Richard Riddiford coming to mind. Here, I review the new release 2018 Sauvignon Blanc and Pinot Noir. www.palliser.co.nz


The Luminary Martinborough Sauvignon Blanc 2018

Sauvignon Blanc from New Zealand – Wairarapa & Wellington


Bright, light straw-yellow colour with slight green hues, paler on the rim. The nose is softly full and voluminous with well-packed aromas of pungent passionfruit along with subtle tropical fruit notes, and fresh and dark herbs. The fruit is fragrant and possesses a floral lift. Dry to taste and medium-full bodied, the palate has slightly restrained flavours of pungent passionfruit and tropical fruit entwined with a layer of fresh herbs. The fruit is sweet and luscious, and the palate is enlivened by a fine line of lacy acidity. The fruit richness is balanced by a light phenolic textured flow that carries the wine to a long, elegant, dry finish. This Sauvignon Blanc has a fulsome pungent nose, and a restrained palate with sweet and juicy fruit flavours of passionfruit and tropical fruits with herbs, fresh acidity and light, dry textures. Serve with Pacific Rim fare over the next 2 years. Fruit from the company’s Martinborough vineyards, cool-fermented in stainless-steel to 12.5% alc., the wine spending 4 months on lees. 17.5-/20 Dec 2018 RRP $19.50

The Luminary Martinborough Pinot Noir 2018

Pinot Noir from New Zealand – Wairarapa & Wellington


Even, light ruby-red colour with some depth and purple hues on the rim. The nose is fresh and elegant with elegant red cherry and fragrant red floral aromatics, along with subtle notes of fresh herbs. The nose intensifies with aeration, revealing spices and nutty oak elements. Medium-full bodied, the palate has sweet and luscious primary flavours of dark-red cherry and raspberry fruit, lifted by dark-red florals and fresh herbs, unfolding spice nuances. The flavours carry smoothly and are balanced by light, supple, grainy tannins, and good acid freshness. The flavours flow along a textured line, leading to a long, fresh finish. This is a rich and sweet, primary fruited Pinot Noir with dark-red cherry and raspberry fruit along with spice and herb nuances on a supple, grainy-textured palate. Match with antipasto, pasta and pizza, and barbecued red meats over the next 3+ years. Pinot Noir fruit from estate and grower vineyards, fully destemmed and fermented, 50% by indigenous yeasts to 13.3% alc., with two-thirds of the wine aged 4 months in 228 L barrels with 10% equivalence in new oak. 17.5-/20 Dec 2018 RRP $26.00

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