Pencarrow and Palliser Estate Sauvignon Blanc 2012

The most high profile and successful producer of Sauvignon Blanc in Martinborough is Palliser Estate. The Palliser Estate wine has headed off examples from the Marlborough region many times in judgings to take top awards both nationally and overseas. To me, the Palliser style has all the fruit exuberance of the Marlborough Sauvignon Blancs without being excessively so, and it possesses a greater texture and palate presence than wines from further south. It's a similar situation to the Pinot Noir wines of the region too. As the company's Sauvignon Blanc vines mature, as well as those of Palliser's regular contracted growers, there has been an abundance of quality fruit which has made its way into the second tier ‘Pencarrow'. There's not much between the Pencarrow and Palliser Estate Sauvignon Blancs in quality now from my recent tastings. Differentiation must be made in stylistic terms only. Here are my reviews of the 2012 wines. www.palliser.co.nz


  • Pencarrow Martinborough Sauvignon Blanc 2012
  • Palliser Estate Martinborough Sauvignon Blanc 2012

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