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
FEATURED WINES IN THIS REVIEW
Pencarrow Martinborough Chardonnay 2011Chardonnay from New Zealand - Wairarapa & WellingtonReview Date : 14-Mar-2012Mendoza clone fruit from Martinborough fermented to 13.5% alc. and aged 9 months on lees in American and French oak barrels. Bright straw-yellow colour with green-gold hues, this has a fresh, firm and deep nose of citrus fruits and nuts interwoven with complex mineral and flinty reduction aromas. Full-bodied, this has bold ripe citrus fruit flavours supported by nutty, flinty elements, expressed with power and a little alcoholic drive. The oaking is in balance and acidity fresh, resulting in a crisp mouthfeel.. A fine textural line leads to a moderately sustained finish with spicy oak and citrussy fruit. Drink the full-bodied, contemporary-styled Chardonnay with grilled or roasted seafood and poultry over the next 3-4 years. 17.0+/20 Mar 2012 RRP $20.65
Palliser Estate Martinborough Riesling 2011Riesling from New Zealand - Wairarapa & WellingtonReview Date : 14-Mar-2012Bright straw-yellow colour with lemon-green hues, pale on rim. The bouquet is soft, full and voluminous with aromas of limes, citrus zest and honeysuckle. Off-dry, this has attractively luscious flavours of limes and yellow flowers with notes of honey and apricots that fill the palate. There is considerable fruit weight, forming a firm core and soft acidity enhances the fruit richness, which along with a little alcoholic power carries through to a very long, honied finish. This is a powerful Riesling that will unfold to develop more richness over the next 4-5+ years. Match with moderately spicy Asian cuisine. Martinborough fruit cool-fermented in stainless-steel to 13.0% alc. and 8.0 g/L rs. 18.5-/20 Mar 2012 RRP $22.85
Palliser Estate Martinborough Pinot Gris 2011Pinot Gris from New Zealand - Wairarapa & WellingtonReview Date : 14-Mar-2012Bright straw-yellow colour, pale on edge. The nose is tight and shows aromas of white stonefruits with pears, minerals and flinty lees and reductive elements. Dryish to taste, this is tightly bound with restrained flavours of white stonefruits and distinctive minerally notes. The medium-weighted palate is initially crisp, building to become smooth and rounded with subtle sweetness balancing the acidity. A dry, firm finish completes this flinty, lees-influence Pinot Grigio style wine. Match with antipasto and poultry over the next 2-3+ years. Cool-fermented to 12.5% alc. and 6.6 g/L rs, the wine had 7 months on lees. 16.5+/20 Mar 2012 RRP $28.50