Palliser Estate ‘The Great Paloma’ Martinborough Pinot Noir 2011

Pinot Noir from New Zealand - Wairarapa & Wellington
Review Date : 20-Feb-2013
A selection of six 28 Litre casks, the wine named after ‘Paloma' the labrador-collie cross of Rosie and Paul Collins, growers for Palliser Estate. This is the sixth release of a ‘Great Dogs' super-premium Pinot Noir from Palliser Estate. A blend of one-third clone 777 from ‘East Base' block and two-thirds clones 114, 115, 667 and 777 from the ‘Wharekauhau' block, vines 12-14 y.o., fully destemmed and fermented to 14.4% alc., the wine aged 16 months in two-thirds new oak. Full ruby-red colour with lighter purple hues on rim. The bouquet is very elegant and refined with lifted violet and dark red florals, oak spices and gentle dark raspberry fruit forming a smooth aromatic melange. Medium-bodied, the palate is stylishly proportioned with restrained dark red floral notes, sweetly rich dark red berry fruits and oak lift. Very fine-grained, powdery tannins provide a silky smooth mouthfeel, and the acidity adds to the fruit succulence. Some alcohol drive is noticeable, and contributes warmth and palate drive. The flavours flow effortlessly to a long, sustained finish with red liquorice and spicy, nutty oak nuances. This is an extremely refined Pinot Noir with serious tannins and the fruit sweetness to see it age gracefully developing intricate complexities over the next 7-9 years. Serve with roasted duck or pork and firm cheeses. 18.0+/20 Feb 2013 RRP $108.00

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