Palliser Estate – Skill Managing Diversity


It's a sign of ability and confidence when a winery can produce a variety of styles equally successfully. This applies to Palliser Estate in Martinborough for sure, making top class sparkling wine (surely one of the more technically involved of wines!), aromatics, oak-aged whites, accessible and long-term reds as well as superior sweet wines. The stable structure of the company, relentlessly driven leadership and very capable personnel maximise the quality from the resource of well-established vineyards. Here are four Palliser Estate releases, which demonstrate skills in making wines of diverse styles.

The review also includes ‘The Great Marco' Pinot Noir 2009, the fifth release in Palliser Estate's ‘Great Dog' series, ultra-premium wines as tributes to the characterful dogs that have contributed much to life there. The first release was ‘The Great Bear' with the 2002 vintage, then ‘The Great George' 2005, ‘The Great Harry' 2006, then ‘The Great Walter' 2009. As a special selection of the best Pinot Noir, all of the wines have been well-received. www.palliser.co.nz


  • Pencarrow Martinborough Chardonnay 2011
  • Palliser Estate Martinborough Riesling 2011
  • Palliser Estate Martinborough Pinot Gris 2011

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