Palliser Estate Methode Traditionnelle 2008
New Zealand's best sparkling wines more often than not come from large wine producing operations with a diverse range of fruit sources, the input of overseas (Champagne) expertise, expensive specialist equipment, and the ability to age wine and tie up investment without the demand for an immediate return. The Pernod-Ricard production of Deutz ‘Marlborough Cuvee', and Lion-Nathan with the Daniel Le Brun range are classic examples. Another successful approach is the specialist operations of those dedicated only to the style of sparkling wines, of which No. 1 Family Estate, run by the original Daniel Le Brun, whose family is from the Champagne region, and Morton Estate who has made the category a specialty and major component of their business.
Then there's the dedicated fanatic, who wants to make something that is extraordinarily difficult, extraordinarily well. These are wineries that are usually dedicated and focussed on other styles, but happen to make relatively small quantities of superior and very individualistic wine, such as Quartz Reef in Central Otago, Cloudy Bay, Nautilus, Hunters and Huia in Marlborough, and of course Palliser Estate in Martinborough. The Palliser Estate wine is without question the most consistent and best sparkling wine from the Wairarapa, and it stands alongside the best sparkling wines from any producer in New Zealand. The 2007 vintage is yet another one that has garnered a collection of top awards. That vintage has just sold out, and I review the new 2008. www.palliser.co.nz
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Palliser Estate Martinborough Methode Tradirionnelle 2008Sparkling Wine from New Zealand - Wairarapa & WellingtonReview Date : 14-Dec-2012The fourteenth sparkling wine release from Palliser Estate, 53% Chardonnay and 47% Pinot Noir, fermented to 13.0% alc., with around 6 g/L dosage. The wine spent 42 months on lees and was disgorged in September 2012. Bright straw-yellow, a little golden hue to the colour, pale on rim. Medium sized bead with good persistence. The bouquet is soft and full with integrated aromas of yellow stonefruits and positive bread and yeasty autolysis characters. Subtle nuances of nuts and toast, along with citrus fruits and florals emerge in glass. Dry to taste and medium-full bodied, soft, mouthfilling and broad flavours of ripe stonefruits are harmoniously interwoven with yeast, bread and biscuit notes. While showing good concentration and lively acid line, this is soft, creamy-textured and open, the sweetness from dosage adding to the accessibility, The soft flavours carry through to a very long, lingering, dry finish. This is a soft, creamy and approachable sparkling with harmonious fruit and complex autolysis notes. Serve as an aperitif and with antipasto over the next 3-4 years. 18.5/20 Dec 2012 RRP $37.00