*** 2013 Vintage Won Gold at the Bragato WIne Awards, 2014 Results not yet released ***
Country: New Zealand Region: Martinborough
Varietal: Pinot Noir
Vintage: 2014 Colour: Red Style: Dry
Producer: Palliser Estate
The history of Palliser Estate winery goes back decades. Palliser’s first grapes were harvested in 1989. Today, the vineyard has spread across 92 hectares that produces predominantly Pinot Noir and Sauvignon Blanc, as well as Chardonnay, Pinot Gris and Riesling.
Winemaker Allan Johnson aims for a "ripe, full and rich" Pinot Noir. The wines have won many accolades and are elegant and freshly fruited, with suppleness of mouth-feel and texture
Allan Johnson has been building greater elegance into Palliser Estate’s signature wine.
2014 was another excellent vintage, and one that may eminently suit the style that Allan is aiming to achieve.
Colour : Very dark, deep, black-hued ruby-red colour, a little lighter on rim.
Aroma : 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
Palate : 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.
Food Matches: Foie Gras / Smoked Fish / Goat Cheese / Risottos