2014 Palliser Estate Pinot Noir Martinborough
*5 Stars* Supple, fruit-driven Pinot Noir, with succulent Black Doris plum, dark cherry and spicy oak flavours. There is also a suggestion of liquorice and spice. Quite intense with a silken texture. Accessible and appealing wine.
An exquisitely composed Pinot, the complex bouquet shows dark cherry, mixed spice, violet and nutmeg characters with nuances of thyme and game. The palate is beautifully rounded and fleshy, and exhibits outstanding mid palate weight and silky texture, supremely structured by loads of fine tannins. One of the most consist Pinot labels in the country, this latest offering is gloriously expressive and gratifying. At its best: now to 2026.
Very dark, deep, black-hued ruby-red colour, a little lighter on rim. The nose is elegant in proportion and well-concentrated with aroma of ripe dark red berry fruit entwined with black cherry, plum and spicy oak. Layers of liquorice, spices, soy sauce and herbs emerge from the core with aeration. Medium-bodied, the palate features rich, plush, ripe fruit flavours of dark red berries, black cherries and plums entwined with herbs, spices liquorice and pepper. The fruit succulence is enhanced by discreet acidity, and is balanced by fine-grained, supple tannin extraction. The structure has the firmness and drive to carry the flavours to a softly concentrated, long lingering finish of plums, cherries and liquorice. This is a rich, plush, dark-fruited Pinot Noir with complexing herb nuances and fine structure. Match with lamb, beef and venison over the next 5-6+ years.
Wine & Spirits
Allan Johnson blends this from four clones in four vineyards, using one-quarter whole clusters in the fermentation and one-quarter new oak in the aging. That oak is overt in the young wine, adding a layer to the complex fruit and stem tannins, the combination creating a sophisticated texture to carry high-toned sour plum flavors. It’s delicately herbal, gently honeyed and long lasting in the finish. Built to cellar.
A fantastic release from this iconic estate in Martinborough. After 25 years at the helm Chief Winemaker Allan Johnson's skills and intuition are on full display here in this magic bottle of Pinot from a great vintage. I tasted this wine several months back and I have been desperate to get it on our shelves ever since. Knowing how good the wine was even before it arrived I managed to secure the majority of California's supply... we hope to get some more on the way from New Zealand ASAP but for now what we have is what we have! (Ryan Woodhouse - K&L NZ Wine Buyer)