Pencarrow Pinot Noir 2008
Pinot Noir from Martinborough, New Zealand
The 2008 season in Martinborough with mid summer warmth and a favorable ripening period has produced a classic Pinot Noir. This Martinborough Pinot Noir was made with traditional Burgundian techniques including a pre-fermentation maceration, which allows wild yeast to initiate the fermentation and a post-fermentation maceration to ensure the complex tannin structure. After pressing it was matured in French oak casks for 9 months.
Good red color. Intense ripe fruit flavors of classic red and black berry fruits with a supple savoury note backed by pleasant oak characters. The palate is full, round and lingering with fine balance.
International Wine Cellar - "Good bright, full red. Raspberry and milk chocolate aromas are lifted by a floral note, with some smoky oak emerging with air. Juicy, dry and nicely ripe, with raspberry fruit given lift and definition by pepper and spice notes. Finishes clean, juicy and persistent, with tangy notes of red fruits and white pepper. "
The first Palliser Estate vines were planted more than 20 years ago, in 1984. Today, Palliser wines are served in some of the world's finest restaurants and enjoyed by thousands of people every day.
Winemaker Allan Johnson produces consistently superb wines, which reflect Palliser's prime vineyard sites in Martinborough. Their two brands – Palliser Estate and Pencarrow – offer a comprehensive portfolio of wines, including Chardonnay, Methode Traditionelle, Noble Chardonnay, Pinot Noir, Riesling, Sauvignon Blanc and Pinot Gris. View all Pencarrow Wines
Situated on the southern tip of the North Island, Martinborough is just across the strait from Marlborough. Martinborough is a town, as well as a region within Wairarapa, which, in turn, is located within the region of Wellington. Just to add more confusion, Wellington is also the name of the city there, the capital of New Zealand. Sometimes the names of these three regions are interchanged, but know that all three names mean the wine has come from the bottom tip of New Zealand's North Island.
Notable FactsThe grape making the most splash from the area is Pinot Noir. It is the region's most planted variety and the one getting the most attention. However, being that it's the neighbor of Sauvignon Blanc land, Marlborough, it uses these climate similarities to produce delicious wines from that grape as well.
About New ZealandThe country of New Zealand is about 1000 miles from the coast of Australia. It consists of two long islands, end to end, that are approximately the same length as California. Most of the country's climate is maritime due to the abundant coastline. The northern island is warmer and wetter, while the southern island is cooler and dryer. The most popular grapes of New Zealand are Sauvignon Blanc (made most famous by the bright, crisp wines coming out of Marlborough), Chardonnay and the ever-growing Pinot Noir.
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4 ratings, 2 with reviews411/1/2012A New Zealand Pinot - nuff said22/1/2012411/29/2011Sandy Ollestad - Anchorage, AK511/3/2011
I love this wine!!! Whenever I go online to make a purchase this is one the first brands I look up.
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