Palliser Estate

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Palliser Estate is the biggest winery in Martinborough and its production overshadows most other producers in the region. The first Palliser Estate wine was made in 1989 by Larry McKenna. The winery was part of the second wave in Martinborough that followed Dry River, Ata Rangi and Martinborough Vineyards. Palliser Estate produces a broad range of white wines along with Pinot Noir including a sparkling wine.

I would be patient with the Palliser Estate wines. While in Martinborough in 2008, I drank a 1999 Palliser Estate Pinot Noir that was still cranking out the good stuff. Pencarrow is Palliser Estate’s second tier brand. Imported by Negociants USA Inc, Napa, CA

Reviewed Wines

2008 Palliser Estate The Great Walter Martinborough New Zealand Pinot Noir

14.5% alc., $55, screw cap Imported by Negociants USA Inc, Napa, CA. This wine is the fourth in the “Great Dog” series from Pencarrow Vineyard in Martinborough. Clones 667 and 777. Aged 16 months in 66% new French oak barrels. · Moderately dark reddish-purple color in the glass. Shy aromas of dark berry jam and subtle oak. Delicious dark berry core that really attacks the mid palate with a vengeance. Hints of Dr. Pepper and tobacco add interest. Oak has a definite presence but is beautifully married to the fruit. Soft in the mouth, this wine really grows on you over time in the glass. Very good. Reviewed November 7, 2010 ARTICLE »

2007 Palliser Estate Martinborough New Zealand Pinot Noir

14.0% alc., $26, screw cap. Imported by Negociants USA Inc, Napa, CA. · Deep reddishpurple color in the glass. Complex aromatic profile featuring dark cherries and berries, savory and oregano spices, ash and oak char. Full-bodied assortment of purple fruits with a hint of pepper and pharmaceutical. Well-structured with firm tannins and a clean finish with a tarry note. Decent. Reviewed November 7, 2010 ARTICLE »

2005 Palliser Estate Martinborough Pinot Noir

14.2% alc., $25, screw cap. Imported by Negociants USA,Inc., Napa, CA. · Scents of ripe fruit, spiced raisins, anise and oak. Fully developed black cherry fruit with considerable earthiness and oak influence. The tannins arrive with a rush on the finish. I would advise further cellaring of this wine, expecting the hard tannins to soften. Reviewed October 13, 2008 ARTICLE »

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