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.
Palliser have their estate in Martinborough, in the Wellington region of New Zealand’s North Island. At a time when everyone else looked at the land around and thought “this’ll be a good place to graze sheep”, they thought “No. This’ll be a great place to make wine”. They thought lamb chops are good but wouldn’t you rather have a glass of award-winning wine? They harvested their first grapes in 1989, and now over 30 years later they are one of New Zealand’s premier wine.. read more
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.