2015 Pencarrow Sauvignon Blanc (Palliser) Martinborough

SKU #1274019 93-94 points Raymond Chan

 Bright, very pale straw-green colour, near colourless on the edge. The nose is very fresh with intense, vibrantly fragrant aromas of ripe passionfruit with bright lime and citrus notes, gooseberries, lifted florals and subtle minerally elements. This is delicately detailed and exudes vitality. Dry to taste and medium-bodied, bright and elegantly concentrated flavours of sweet tropical fruits and gooseberries are entwined with passionfruit and mineral notes. The mouthfeel is refreshing and refined, with very fine textures and a crisp, poised palate line. Aromatic herb and floral elements unfold and carry through to a lively, lifted, luscious and long lingering finish. This is a refined, aromatically rich Sauvignon Blanc with fine textures and vitality. Serve with seafood, salads and vegetables over the next 2 years. Fruit from the ‘Clouston’, ‘Palliser’’, ‘East Base’ and ‘Collins’ vineyards fermented, 12% by indigenous yeasts, in stainless-steel to 13.1% alc. and 4.0 g/L RS, the wine aged 3 months on lees with batonnage.

91 points Sam Kim

 Instantly likable, the bouquet shows inviting aromas of passionfruit, peach, citrus and sweet basil. It is succulent and fruit expressive on the palate, and delivers excellent intensity and vibrancy, backed by refreshing acidity. Very long on the finish with appealing juicy flavours. At its best: now to 2018.

Bob Campbell

 Light, fresh sauvignon blanc with crisp nectarine, passionfruit and red capsicum flavours. Refreshingly dry, with appealing purity and an ethereal texture.  (7/2016)

Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar

 Very pale yellow. Sweet nectarine and sexy spices on the nose, lifted by a subtle floral topnote. Supple, easygoing and sweet but with a sappy freshness to the generous flavors of citrus fruits and spices. Finishes dusty and classically dry, with some very ripe notes.  (5/2016)

K&L Notes

Pencarrow is the second label of Martinborough stalwart Palliser Estate. As a new K&L Direct Import they represent fantastic value for money. The QPR is pretty hard to beat given the pedigree of the fruit source and winemaking team. Perfect party wines that won't break the bank but are sure to impress! (Ryan Woodhouse - K&L NZ Wine Buyer)

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Staff Image By: Steve Bearden | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 2/14/2017 | Send Email
Here is a killer value in a full-bodied and rich yet bone dry wine with plenty of complexity. This is floral with crushed melon and kiwi fruit and hints of nectarine on the sweet and snappy mineral tinged finish. An unbelievable price for this level of quality.

Staff Image By: Andrew Stevens | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 2/6/2017 | Send Email
It is hard to believe that we are able to get serious, acid driven, balanced wine from excellent vineyards for just over $10. Nevertheless this second label of Palliser delivers all of that and more. Driving acid with notes of tropical fruit and a fresh floral nose showcase a slightly more serious side of NZ Sauvignon Blanc. Long, lingering finish means this wine will go well with a variety of dishes and be a great one to stock for warmer weather.

Staff Image By: Alex Schroeder | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 2/5/2017 | Send Email
It almost feels too good to be true. How can such a clean, aromatic and refreshing Sauvignon Blanc cost so little? More magic out of New Zealand, my favorite area for the varietal. Classic gooseberry and grapefruit with a touch of herbal flavors. It’s very balanced and easy-drinking. At this price, this could easily become your new summer house white.

Staff Image By: Stefanie Juelsgaard | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 2/3/2017 | Send Email
This Sauvignon Blanc from the North Island is a stand-out in so many ways. The fruit emanating from this wine is incredible and becomes even more vibrant due to a backing of healthy acidity, as expected from a cool climate area. The herbal/vegetal character of this SB is low, with mineralty and tropical fruit notes taking the forefront. I can't recommend this one enough, especially for its $10.99 price tag. Don't miss this incredibly easy-drinking, vibrant wine from Pencarrow!
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Staff Image By: David Driscoll | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 2/2/2017 | Send Email
When I first started working at K&L, the Patient Cottat was the great $10 sauvignon blanc; a Sancerre-like bargain bottle from the Loire. While I still think it's a great deal, it's no match for the Pencarrow. At $10.99, this lovely little find by our buyer Ryan Woodhouse has firmly cemented itself as the clean, crisp, and overachieving white wine bargain of the future. While it's from New Zealand, the fruit is from a stony flood plain in Marlborough and the result is a Sancerre-like minerality in the wine (even more so than the Patient Cottat). For those who like zippy, fresh, and lip-smacking sauvignon blanc, this is your new bottle. All hail the new king of Tuesday night: Pencarrow.

Staff Image By: Gary Westby | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 2/1/2017 | Send Email
This is my new go-to value NZ Sauvignon Blanc. It has great clean fruit, without the hot pepper aromas and flavors that sometimes dominate SB from this part of the world. I don't expect a wine in this price range to have a precise, mineral driven finish, but this surprised me with focus and length on a level with bottles twice the price.
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Staff Image By: Stephanie Vidales | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 1/31/2017 | Send Email
This is another killer direct import deal coming from Martinborough, New Zealand. Lush and medium-bodied, this wine has a combination of floral and ripe tropical notes with a dry palette and refreshing finish. This is easily one of my favorite white wines at this price point!

Staff Image By: Gary Norton | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 1/31/2017 | Send Email
Pencarrow is the second label from the famed Palliser Winery in Martinborough. It's delicate and fresh, showing notes of jasmine, lime peel and Asian pear. The wine has gorgeous depth and purity for thirty bucks, but for less than eleven it's flat out fantastic. Great drive and minerality with a hint of richness on the midpalate. I expect to see this wine move quickly once it gains some traction with our customers.
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Staff Image By: Jacques Moreira | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 10/4/2016 | Send Email
A very complex wine with exotic aromatics of white flowers/Jasmine, tangerine, guava marmalade and flint. The palate also follow the nose with all these flavors, but finish dry and light. Exquisite and absolutely delicious and with an incredible price!

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Sauvignon Blanc

- One of the best known "international" varieties originally cultivated in France and considered the parent of, with Cabernet Franc, Cabernet Sauvignon. Sauvignon's wonderfully distinctive aromatics generate some of wine's most colorful descriptors, among them "cat pee," herbaceous, grassy, citrusy the world over. In France, the apex of Sauvignon Blanc production is the Loire Valley, in the appellations of Sancerre and Pouilly-Fumé, where the terroir expresses itself most beautifully through the grape. Sauvignon Blanc is also the leading white grape varietal in Bordeaux, where it is paired with the fatter, richer Sémillon to varying degrees. Relatively easy to cultivate, though more suited to cool climates, Sauvignon Blanc has made inroads in Europe outside of France, especially in Northeastern Italy's Friuli and Alto Adige, but also on the Slovenian border. These lovely wines are often overshadowed by Sauvignon Blanc's achievements in the New World, namely New Zealand, South Africa and California. New Zealand's Sauvignon Blancs, more conspicuously fruity than most French examples, landed the small island nation on the world wine map in the late-1980s and 1990s. South African Sauvignons are one of the most successful international varieties produced in that country and are often quite elegant and affordable. In California, Robert Mondavi managed to, almost single-handedly, created a market for Sauvignon Blanc by renaming his oak-fermented version Fumé Blanc. While some wineries still use the name, California Sauvignon Blanc has secured its place in the California wine pantheon, particularly those from the Napa Valley. Washington State, Chile and Argentina also have considerable plantings of the grape.

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.
Alcohol Content (%): 12.7