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Palliser Estate

Kithener St, Martinborough

Cellar Door: Weekends (10.30 - 4 except for during daylight saving weekends when the hours are 10.30 -5)

Ph: (+64) 6 306 9019

Richard Pallister and a group of investors established Pallister in 1984, with first vintage released in 1991.

They own about 90% of six small vineyards (a total of 85 hectares) dotted around the fringes of Martinborough town.

The Palliser Estate wines have the premium portfolio: Chardonnay, Methode Champenoise, Noble Chardonnay, Pinot Noir, Riesling, Sauvignon Blanc, Pinot Gris.

The second Pencarrow range are the fruity, budget, drink now wines: Chardonnay, Pinot Noir, Sauvignon Blanc. Winemaker is Alan Johnson.

New plantings of Pinot Noir have been established with the new Dijon clones.

Tasting Notes

There are three types of Tasting notes:

(W) Notes from the winery (blurbs from bottle)

(GXY) Notes from a GenXY wine reviewer

(G) Notes from GenXY's Tasting events (collective opinions)

New reviews

Palliser Estate Pinot Noir 2014

Purchased: Not ($42/$NZ45)

Drink: 2022

(GXY) Tasting: Aug 2016, 24% whole cluster inclusion, floral, intense and savoury black cherry and plum with red flower, liquorice, and white pepper notes, plump, silky and earthy palate with spicy oak support and stemmy acid spine (****1/2)

Palliser Estate Pencarrow Pinot Noir 2014

Purchased: Not (A$21/ NZ$24)

Drink: 2019

(GXY) Tasting: Aug 2016, bright entry level with about 20% whole cluster inclusion, quite concentrated red cherry, plum and raspberry with some anise and dried herb notes, spicy vanilla oak with fine grained tannin and herbal edged acidity (***1/2)

Palliser Estate Pinot Noir 2013

Purchased: Not ($A30/$NZ45)

Drink: 2020

(GXY) Tasting: Dec 2015,  Gold Medal at Bragato Awards 2014, 115, 667, 777 and Abel clones, 37% whole bunch, ripe, plump and powerful black cherry, plum and black raspberry with anise, dried herb and violet notes, succulent and medium-full bodied palate with earthy undertones, the spicy oak is balanced, fine grained savoury tannins (****1/2)

Palliser Estate Pencarrow Pinot Noir 2013

Purchased: Not ($A20/$NZ24)

Drink: 2018

(GXY) Tasting: Dec 2015, entry level style drawn from six clones, 20% whole cluster, concentrated, ripe and fleshy style showing black cherry, currants and dark plum with peppery spice, anise and violet florals, medium-full bodied with a respectable line, velvety fine tannins and crisp herb nuanced acidity, whisper of spicy oak (***1/2)

Palliser Estate Riesling 2013

Purchased: Not ($A20/$NZ22)

Drink: 2017

(GXY) Tasting: Dec 2015,  9 months on lees, just pff-dry at 8 gms/l residual sugar, floral lime, lemon zest and golden apple with yellow flower and orange blossom notes, slightly toasty and creamy with some succulence, drying chalky phenolics on the set stone finish (**** )

Palliser Estate Pinot Noir 2011

Purchased: Not ($A40)

Drink: 2019

(GXY) Tasting: Oct 2014, aromatic and deep set red cherry, plum and blueberry with anise, sage peppery spices, glossy core of medium bodied with savoury, fine tannins, fresh cut of stalky acidity, overt toasty vanilla/cinnamon oak (****1/2)

Palliser Estate Pencarrow Pinot Noir 2012

Purchased: Not ($A22)

Drink: 2015

(GXY) Tasting: Oct 2014, multi-clonal, glossy and moderately sweet raspberry, cherry and plum with sage and anise notes, plush but slightly firm extracted palate, the sweetness is off-set by the acidity, the tannins are fine, toasty cinnamon/vanilla oak (***1/2)

Palliser Estate Pinot Noir 2009

Purchased: Not ($A45)

Drink: 2017

(GXY) Tasting:  Oct 2012, Gold Medal at New Zealand International Wine Show 2011, 10/5 clone and Dijon clones (115, 777 and 667), aromatic and slightly restrained  black cherry and dark plum with lavender and anise notes, minerally and medium-full bodied with ample toasty vanilla/cinnamon oak and a touch of smoky bacon (****)

Palliser Estate Pencarrow Martinborough Pinot Noir 2011

Purchased: Vintage Cellars, Albert Park ($A18/$NZ24))

Drink: 2014

(GXY) Tasting:  Aug 2012, blend of six clones, for an entry level wine this has a nice, focused concentrated core of blackberry, sour cherry and plum flavours with a touch of herb, violet florals and liquorice, medium-full bodied and glycerolly with silky tannins, integrated toasty French oak and lively acidity, not very complex but good value for the price point (***1/2)

Palliser Estate Pencarrow Martinborough Pinot Noir 2008

Purchased: Not ($22)

Drink: 2011

(GXY) Tasting: June 2010, moderately spicy raspberry, blackberry and plum flavours, medium bodied and plump glycerolly mid-palate and silky tannins, not particularly complex but varietal enough to be good value for the price (***1/2)

Palliser Estate Sauvignon Blanc 2009

Purchased: Not ($A23)

Drink: 2011

(GXY) Tasting: Nov 2009, fresh and ripe tropical fruit, passionfruit and cut grass with the emphasis being on the savoury and fine chalky texture, good length with crisp mandarin acidity and spicy capsicum on the not too pungent finish (***1/2)

Palliser Estate Pinot Noir 2008

Purchased: Not ($A38)

Drink: 2011

(GXY) Tasting: Nov 2009, supple and spicy red cherry, raspberry and dark plum with some savoury and earthy mushroom notes, good mid-palate depth but the fruit is a little forward and confectionary which leaves it dependent on the toasty cinnamon-vanilla oak for length (***1/2)

Palliser Estate Pinot Noir 2004

Purchased: Not ($43)

Drink: 2012

(GXY) Tasting: Oct 2006, black cherry and ripe plum flavours, smooth and gamey medium-full bodied palate shows savoury complexity, well balanced tannins, lingering cherry dominated finish (****)

Palliser Estate Pencarrow Sauvignon Blanc 2006

Purchased: Not ($22)

Drink: 2007

(GXY) Tasting: Oct 2006, full bodied gooseberry, tropical fruit and passionfruit, seems to be some barrel ferment that has filled out the palate and given musky, vanilla edge, tingly finish (***1/2)

Palliser Estate Sauvignon Blanc 2006

Purchased: Not ($27)

Drink: 2007

(GXY) Tasting: Oct 2006, full bodied gooseberry, stonefruit, passionfruit with a hint of capsicum sharpness, zesty acid finish (***1/2)

Pencarrow Chardonnay 2005

Purchased: Not ($20)

Drink: 2009

(GXY) Tasting: Oct 2006, crisp stonefruit, citrus and fig, partial malolactic fermentation has taken some of the acid off, light toasty vanilla oak with crisp finish (***)

Pencarrow Pinot Noir 2004

Purchased: Not ($22)

Drink: 2008

(GXY) Tasting: Oct 2006, sweet red cherry aromas with citrus and mushroom hints, light-medium bodied, fine-grained tannins, fruit drive style although there is a hint of smoky oak (***)