2014 Pencarrow Pinot Noir (Palliser) Martinborough
A delectably appealing pinot, the fragrant bouquet shows dark cherry, plum, vanilla and floral characters with a hint of spicy oak. The palate offers excellent fruit concentration and weight, enhanced by velvety texture and supple tannins. A wonderfully expressed wine delivering loads of delicious flavours, and finishes smooth and persistent. At its best: now to 2019.
Dark ruby-red colour, a little lighter on the rim. This has a full, soft and up-front nose of ripe, dark-red berry and plum fruit with gentle nuances of liquorice and spice, along with violet florals. The aromatics are seamlessly interwoven, and exude richness. Medium-full bodied, soft, plush and ripe fruit flavours of dark red berry fruit and plums fill the palate, revealing liquorice, spices and oak toast notes. This is fleshy and rich, and the mouthfeel bright and lively with light, lacy acidity and moderate tannin extraction. The flavours of liquorice and toasty oak are carried to a soft, dry-textured, sustained finish. This is a rich and plush, juicy and ripe Pinot Noir with soft structure and spicy, toasty oak notes. Match with grilled and roasted duck and pork dishes over the next 4 years. Martinborough fruit from estate vineyards plus ‘Collins’, 90% indigenous yeast fermented with 20% whole clusters to 14.2% alc., the wine spending 18 days on skins and aged 11 months in 24% new oak.
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) This NZ Pinot is full-bodied and full-flavored. Juicy, bright fruit flavors of dark red berry fruits, plums and violet floral are enlivened by fresh, racy, elevated acidity. The fruit is tight and firmly bound with a deep core supported by fine and grainy tannins. The wine carries through to a refreshing sinewy finish with long and lingering spicy plum notes. This is bright and lively, juicy and dark-fruited Pinot Noir, with a firm line and fresh acidity.