2014 Palliser Estate Pinot Noir Martinborough (Previously $26)

SKU #1242343 96 points Bob Campbell

 *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.  (12/2015)

95 points Sam Kim

 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.

94 points Raymond Chan

 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.

92 points 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.  (5/2016)

K&L Notes

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)

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By: Ryan Woodhouse | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 7/7/2016 | Send Email
Fantastic Pinot from this iconic Martinborough estate. Palliser are one of the founding wineries in this region and their pedigree shows in this wine. It has a perfect balance of fruit purity, generosity, restraint, savory aspects and minerality. Driven by perfumed and quite exotic ripe red fruits with some darker fruit and smoky spices in the background. A beautifully refined style with the freshness and dynamic energy this grape can possess. Really over delivers for the price point...a benchmark wine for pure "pinosity"!
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Pinot Noir

- One of France's most legendary grapes and the grape that earned Burgundy its reputation. The parent of varietals like Pinot Gris/Grigio and Pinot Blanc, Pinot Noir is blue to violet to indigo in color with relatively thin skins, and it is said to have been cultivated in France for more than 2,000 years. At its best, Pinot Noir creates elegant wines that are filled with primary red fruit aromas and flavors while young, revealing with an array of secondary characteristics like earth, smoke, violet, truffle and game with age. The varietal is also known, perhaps better than any, for its ability to translate terroir, or a sense of place. While the best Pinot Noir still comes from Burgundy, it is being produced with increasing success in cooler climates around the world. In France, it is part of the trifecta of grapes that can go into Champagne, and it is also grown in Alsace, Irancy, Jura, Savoie, Lorraine and Sancerre. Outside of France it is produced under the names Pinot Nero and Blauburgunder in Italy's mountainous regions, as Spätburgunder in Germany and as Blauburgunder in Austria. In the US, Pinot Noir has found suitable growing conditions in the cooler parts of California, including Carneros, the Russian River Valley, the Anderson Valley, the Sonoma Coast, Monterey County, the Santa Lucia Highlands and Santa Barbara County, as well as in Oregon's Willamette Valley. In recent years, New Zealand has demonstrated its ability to interpret this hard-to-grow varietal, with successful bottlings coming from careful and attentive growers in Central Otago, Martinborough and Canterbury. Chile is also an up-and-coming region for Pinot Noir, creating fresh, fruit-forward, early-drinking and affordable Pinots from the coastal Casablanca Valley and the Limari Valley.

New Zealand

- New Zealand is an extremely diverse wine-growing nation. The long history of producing wine started in the 1830s with wineries such as Mission Estate (1850) and Te Mata Estate (1896) still producing wine today. The two islands hold a multitude of different growing climates ranging from warmer areas such as Hawke’s Bay to very cool regions such as Waitaki, and Awatere. Most regions are defined as Maritime with the exception being Central Otago that has a moderate Continental climate with the high elevation creating dramatic diurnal swings in temperature. The plethora of grapes grown in New Zealand reflects this diverse microclimate make up. Everything has a place here, Bordeaux varietals and Syrah in Hawke’s Bay, Chardonnay and Pinot in Nelson, Pinot Noir and Riesling in Central Otago , aromatic whites in Waipara and pretty much everything you can imagine in Marlborough. New Zealand is also one of the “greenest” wine producing nations on earth (94% of wine certified sustainable in 2013) with a strong focus on organic and Biodynamic farming.