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The Luminary Martinborough Pinot Noir 2016

10 July,2017
The Luminary is a tertiary brand of Palliser Estate created for alternative distribution and sales channels including FMCG. The remarkable aspect of the wines I’ve found is their good quality. Clearly the fruit from Palliser Estate’s vineyards for all its brands is of a high level. Sure, there are some parcels that ae better than others, but generally, all of the wines from Palliser Estate, such as the second label ‘Pencarrow’ and tertiary ‘The Luminary’ tiers offer quality. I would suggest that the selection of wine for each label is a combination of quality and style, the Pencarrow and The Luminary wines are generally made to be more accessible and up-front, and possibly with style characteristics that may not fit in with the stricter parameters for the premium Palliser Estate wines. Here, I review the new release ‘The Luminary Pinot Noir 2016.


The Luminary Martinborough Pinot Noir 2016

Pinot Noir from New Zealand – Wairarapa & Wellington

Even, light ruby-red colour with some depth, paler edged. This has a firm and concentrated nose with aromas of dark-red and black cherry and berry fruit, along with dark-red florals, a suggestion of dark herbs and a little nutty oak. Medium-full bodied, the palate is firm with good depth and intensity of tightly bound flavours of dark-red and black berry and cherry fruit. The palate unveils dar floral notes, subtle herbal elements and some nutty and slightly resinous oak. The mouthfeel features a firmly structured core with integrated acidity lending a positive line, leading to a long, lingering black-fruited, nutty finish. This is a firm Pinot Noir with dark-red and black berry and cherry fruits with nutty oak, positive extract and length. Match with lamb, beef and venison over the next 3-4+ years. Fruit from the ‘East Base’ and ‘Winery’ blocks, 44% MV 6 clone, with 115, 667 and 777, destemmed and fermented to 14.0% alc., the wine aged 10 months in 15% new French oak barrels. 17.0/20 Jul 2017 RRP $26.00
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