Palliser Estate "The Griffin" Methode Traditionelle 2019
1 or more bottles$52.99
Palliser Estate is one of Martinborough's most established names, producing sustainably grown wines that are world renowned. This elegant wine is made in the traditional method from Chardonnay and Pinot Noir and aged on yeast lees for over 3 years giving it a beautiful yeasty complexity. A wine for celebrations at any time.
The bouquet is softly full and well-concentrated with harmoniously melded aromas of white and yellow stonefruits entwined with positive bready-yeasty autolysis, along with subtle nutty complexities. The aromatics are fresh and unfold white floral and mineral suggestions. The palate has fresh flavours of white and yellow stonefruits along with fragrant white florals, some citrus fruit notes, all melded with a gentle layering of bready and yeasty autolysis. The mouthfeel is refreshing with fine, lacy acidity and the effervescence provides a creaminess to the texture and flow. The wine carries seamlessly with good energy to an elegantly proportioned, long finish.
Serve as an aperitif, with canapés and poultry.
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The New Zealand wine industry is one of the younger wine regions in the world, whose popularity grew immensely when Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc hit the world wine scene, quite unique in style when compared to the typical French Sancerre.
Wine is successfully cultivated on both the North and South islands from a latitude of 36 degrees in the North to 45 degrees for the most southerly wine region in the world, the South Island's Central Otago. The majority of regions are located in free-draining alluvial valleys except for Waiheke Island and Kawarau Gorge in Central Otago and benefit from the moderating effect of the maritime climate as no vineyard is more than 80 miles from the ocean. With plentiful sunshine hours and cool evening sea breezes, the grapes thrive.
Sauvignon Blanc is the major white variety people will think of when you mention New Zealand Whites, however fantastic Chardonnay, Riesling, Pinot Gris, Gewurztraminer and less commonly Viognier, Chenin Blanc and Pinot Blanc. Pinot Noir is the most widely planted red variety in New Zealand although Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot (Bordeaux Blends), Syrah are also grown and in even smaller amounts, Tempranillo and Montepulcianos can too be found. Sparkling wines of very high standards are also made in New Zealand.
The key wine regions in New Zealand include Auckland, Canterbury, Central Otago, Gisborne, Hawke's Bay, Marlborough and Nelson.
The wine region of Martinborough is located in South Wairarapa on the southern end of the north island, and in only 30 years or so has gone from a sleepy colonial town to a world-class wine village.
The region has picked up numerous international awards since the 1990’s with Pinot Noir picking up the lion’s share of the medals. Pinot Noir is undoubtedly the flagship wine of the region, with some incredible wines being produced.
The mineral-laden soils, combined with the cool climate provide the perfect backdrop for Pinot Noir, much as it has for centuries in Burgundy, France. Indeed the Pinot Noirs produced are very Burgundian in style, a compliment not adorned to many other wine regions worldwide.
The micro-climate of Martinborough is rather warm, with hills both to the east and west. Most all of the vineyards are located in thin strips around the northern and eastern sides of the town or on the Dry River to the south of Martinborough. All the vineyards follow dry riverbeds, which have the desired soil structure for viticulture.
Although Pinot Noir is the king of the reds, Shiraz is also cultivated and in the whites, Riesling, Gewurtztraminer and Pinot Gris are grown.
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About the brand Palliser
Just over an hour from Wellington, Martinborough is the undisputed superstar, the jewel of the Wairarapa wine region. A New Zealand- owned winery that has consistently produced wines of unfailing distinction and quality for more than thirty years. Established in 1984 by Martinborough wine visionary, the late Richard Riddiford, the winery is named after Cape Palliser on the Wairarapa coast.
Since the beginning, Palliser Estate has undertaken a forward-thinking approach to all aspects of its operation. One of the region's largest wine companies, Palliser Estate owns 72 hectares stretched across seven sustainably-managed vineyards, three of which are organically farmed, with all of them sited in the renowned Martinborough Terrace area. The soils there consist of stony silt loams overlaying free-draining river gravels. The vineyards enjoy diverse soil profiles and microclimates, delivering a variety of distinctive options to the winemaking team led by chief viticulturist and winemaker Guy McMaster.
Palliser currently produces two ranges. The Palliser Estate wines are crafted from the pick of the crop and display elegant, pure fruit characters reflecting a true sense of place, while those under the Pencarrow label are vibrant, fruit-forward, approachable styles. On the horizon and coming your way is a new limited selection of single vineyard wines.