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Palliser Estate - Pencarrow Sauvignon Blanc 2018


  • Country: New Zealand
  • Wine Region: Wairarapa
  • Wine Maker: Allan Johnson
  • Grape: Sauvignon Blanc
  • Grape Percentage: 100%
  • Alcohol Percentage: 13.5%
  • Unit Quantity (ml): 750
  • Best To Drink: Drink Now
Duty/Vat Paid
WA: 87 (2016) VS: 88 (2015) JR: 16 (2015) WF: 90 (2013) SK: 91 (2015) RC: 17.5 (2015)

Wine tasting notes

The nose is beautifully ripe and fragrant displaying feijoa, currant and herbaceous characters. It's succulent and full of delicious flavours on the palate with a refreshing mouthfeel and a lingering finish. A fruit-forward and immediately appealing wine with excellent vibrancy.

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

Bursting with upfront gooseberries, the 2016 Pencarrow Sauvignon Blanc delivers a blast of tropical fruit. It's not terribly concentrated or complex, but it's a clean, well-made, fruit-bomb Sauvignon Blanc to drink over the short term. Enjoy it for what it is.

Vinous/Antonio Galloni (2015)88 pts

May 2016 - Very pale yellow. Sweet nectarine and sexy spices on the nose, lifted by a subtle floral topnote. Supple, easygoing and sweet but with a sappy freshness to the generous flavors of citrus fruits and spices. Finishes dusty and classically dry, with some very ripe notes. -- Stephen Tanzer (2015)16 pts

Tasted Oct 2016 - Clean, green-fruited and bright on the nose. Rounded on the palate even with excellent freshness. This is on the subtle side of Sauvignon Blanc, as I would expect from Martinborough, but still Sauvignon Blanc-enough for fans of the NZ version. GV and finishes mercifully dry-tasting. (JH)

Wine Front (2013)90 pts

Herbal and grassy notes, touch of pineapple, hit of gooseberry – good bouquet here. Bright and crunchy in texture, some sweetness shows and lingers, the finish is chalky and dry with a little bitter refreshment. Like the feel of the wine – coats the palate a little but stays tangy and cool. Good.

Sam Kim (2015)91 pts

Instantly likable, the bouquet shows inviting aromas of passionfruit, peach, citrus and sweet basil. It is succulent and fruit expressive on the palate, and delivers excellent intensity and vibrancy, backed by refreshing acidity. Very long on the finish with appealing juicy flavours. At its best: now to 2018

Raymond Chan (2015)17.5 pts

Bright, very pale straw-green colour, near colourless on the edge. The nose is very fresh with intense, vibrantly fragrant aromas of ripe passionfruit with bright lime and citrus notes, gooseberries, lifted florals and subtle minerally elements. This is delicately detailed and exudes vitality. Dry to taste and medium-bodied, bright and elegantly concentrated flavours of sweet tropical fruits and gooseberries are entwined with passionfruit and mineral notes. The mouthfeel is refreshing and refined, with very fine textures and a crisp, poised palate line. Aromatic herb and floral elements unfold and carry through to a lively, lifted, luscious and long lingering finish. This is a refined, aromatically rich Sauvignon Blanc with fine textures and vitality. Serve with seafood, salads and vegetables over the next 2 years. Fruit from the ‘Clouston’, ‘Palliser’’, ‘East Base’ and ‘Collins’ vineyards fermented, 12% by indigenous yeasts, in stainless-steel to 13.1% alc. and 4.0 g/L RS, the wine aged 3 months on lees with batonnage

Vinification Notes

The maritime climate of Martinborough coupled with thoughtful viticultural practices delivers ripe intensely flavoured Sauvignon Blanc. Made from fruit drawn from a number of own and contracted vineyards this wine show the flavours and intensity that can be derived from thoughtful viticultural practices in New Zealand’s maritime climate.