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Palliser Estate - Pencarrow Pinot Noir 2017


  • Country: New Zealand
  • Wine Region: Wairarapa
  • Wine Maker: Allan Johnson
  • Grape: Pinot Noir
  • Grape Percentage: 100%
  • Alcohol Percentage: 14%
  • Unit Quantity (ml): 750
  • Best To Drink: Drink Now - 2019
Duty/Vat Paid
WA: 87 (2016) JS: 89 (2015) WF: 89 (2014) MC: 4 Stars (2015) SK: 93 (2014) RC: 18.5 (2016) Misc: 4.5 Stars (2016)

Wine tasting notes

Dark, deep, black-hued red colour, lighter on rim. This has a tightly bound, but intense and penetrating nose of ripe black fruits with dark herb and spice notes as well as violet-like florals. Medium-full bodied, the flavours promise to unfold and reveal more with time. There are flavours of black fruits and florals, concentrated and densely packed, and supported by fine-grained, but firm tannins. The oaking is sensitive and the youthful acidity carries the flavours on a long, lingering finish featuring spicy black fruits and hints of liquorice.

Winery Information

Palliser Estate

Pioneers and part of New Zealand’s wine-growing heritage, Palliser estate harvested their first grapes in 1989 and started exporting in 1991. Ever since they have won world-wide recognition for the consistency and outstanding quality of their wines, picking up a whole string of competition gold medals (eighty to date) along the way, not to mention the accolade of being voted Exporter of the Year by New Zealand Trade and Enterprise. To capitalise on the fabulous terroir here, the sun-baked.. read more

Expert Reviews

Wine Advocate/Robert Parker (2016)87 pts

The full-bodied 2016 Pencarrow Pinot Noir offers chunky, beefy notes of leather, beetroot and black cherries. It's not a model of elegance, nor the sort of silky wine you'd pair with salmon, but you could do a lot worse with some of the region's local lamb, as it delivers plenty of concentrated flavor and the robust structure to handle red meat.

James Suckling (2015)89 pts

This steps into ripe cherry and plum cake territory on both nose and palate with a generous core of fruit flavor that means good value. Drink now. Screw cap.

Wine Front (2014)89 pts

A coverlet of resinous and spicy oak, red berries and herbs, silky silty tannin, maybe a bit too much sap and twang, but not the level of energy is good. Not bad at all.

Michael Cooper (2015)4 stars

This is Palliser Estate's second-tier label, but in most years it is impressive and offers good value. Already drinking well, the 2015 vintage (4*) was grown at six sites, fermented with indigenous yeasts and matured for 11 months in French oak casks (27 per cent new.) Bright ruby, it is mouthfilling, very harmonious and smooth, with very satisfying depth of cherry, plum, spice and nut flavours, in the classic, well-ripened, savoury regional style.

Sam Kim (2014)93 pts

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

Raymond Chan (2016)18.5 pts

Ruby-red colour with some purple hues and a little depth, paler on the rim. This has a gently full and elegantly voluminous nose with softly packed aromas of ripe dark-red and black berry and cherry fruit, unfolding subtle notes of violet florals and dark herbs from the core. The aromatics are elegant and beautifully ethereal. Medium-full bodied, the palate is lusciously rich and juicy with sweet flavours of dark-red berry and cherry fruit entwined with subtle nuances of dark herbs, unfolding fragrant violet and dark-red florals providing aromatic lift. The fruit is supported by very fine-grained tannins that provide structure and grip, but enable accessibility, and the acidity is fresh and lacy, lending energy and vitality. The wine flows to a rich and succulent finish of aromatic dark-red fruits with herb nuances. This is a deliciously juicy Pinot Noir with sweet dark-red berry and cherry fruits along with herbal detail and fragrant florals on a fine-grained palate. Match with poultry and pork over the next 4-5+ years. Clones 5, 114, 115, 667, 777, Abel and MV6 fruit from the ‘Pinnacles’. ‘East Base’, ‘Palliser/Clouston’ and a small amount from the ‘Collins’ vineyards, indigenous yeast fermen

Miscellaneous (2016)4.5 stars 93pts - Fermented with 5% whole clusters the wine was aged 10 months in French oak of which 24% was new. Deep bright dark ruby red colour with black tinged edges and a crimson hue. Scented aromatics of ripe dark cherries and strawberries laced with a hint of anise blossom from the glass over lightly toasted cedar and stalky dried herb end notes. Light, juicy and fleshy in texture the palate dishes up savoury flavours of ripe dark cherries, dark plum and anise followed by toasty cedar and spice. Finely grained, well integrated tannins. Aftertaste of ripe dark cherries, dark plums, spicy anise and toasty cedar.

Vinification Notes

Clones 114, 115, 667, 777, Abel and 10/5, all Martinborough, , the fruit given a cold soak and mostly indigenous yeast fermented to 14.0% alc., the wine spending 17 days on skins and aged 10 months in French oak.