Palliser Estate Martinborough Sauvignon Blanc 2016

20-Apr-2017
The undisputed leader in Sauvignon Blanc from Martinborough is that of Palliser Estate. From the start, it was the company’s white flagship accompanying the Pinot Noir which also vies for a place among the best of the region, these two varieties the most widely planted in the district. The quality of all of the Palliser whites is very high, and the Methode Traditionnelle, Riesling and Chardonnay are almost at the same level as the Sauvignon Blanc. However, for me, the Sauvignon Blanc remains ahead, due to its consistently rich and intense fruit flavours, often with the same power of passionfruit as the best from Marlborough, while offering a little edge of further ripeness, texture and detail that one might see in the best versions of the variety from Hawke’s Bay The wine always remains fruit-focussed, and receives no oak inputs to ensure freshness. Over the last few vintages, I have seen a growing elegance and finesse in the style. Here, I review the latest release, the 2016 vintage. www.palliser.co.nz

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