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Clonakilla are one of our nation's most eminent vineyard wineries, a tiny production operation, established by a CSIRO scientist at Murrumbateman, very near Canberra. It turned out to be a fortuitous planting, with a climate not dissimilar to Bordeaux and northern Rhone, the Clonakilla property now occupies a rank next to the mighty Grange on the prestigious Exceptional Langtons Classification, it yields vintages of Australia's most invaluable Shiraz. At $26.99, the estate's entry level belies its stature and excellence within the pantheon of great Australian wine, an essential experience this week for all enthusiasts, a canny choice for shrewd and judicious aspirants of elite new world Shiraz... Here's what our most picky pundits prefer»

Palliser Estate Palliser Pencarrow Pinot Noir CONFIRM VINTAGE

Pinot Noir Wellington Martinborough New Zealand
Palliser Estate make some of the finest and most consistent New Zealand Pinot Noir, a perennial winner and always a favourite, representing peerless quality every year. The label depicts a conspicuous lighthouse at Pencarrow Heads, situated to the east of Palliser Bay at the entrance to Wellington harbour. Martinborough is well known for making the New Zealand's most elegant and compelling Pinot wines, Palliser's fruit is acknowledged by many of her local peers to be Martinborough's finest.
Available by the dozen
Case of 12
$263.00
Pencarrow is the second label from Palliser Estate, gaining recognition for their impressive quality of fruit, distinctive expression of Martinborough and affable approachability. Pencarrow is crafted to traditional Burgundian techniques, harvests of several clone Pinot Noir, including 114 and 115, 667 and 777, Abel and 10/5, a portion as whole bunches, are treated to a cold soak before a wild indigenous yeast vinification for a fortnight on skins. A post ferment maceration for optimal extraction encourages the complex tannin structure and infuses further complexity. The finished wine is pressed into a selection of French oak barrels for a year's maturation.
Dark, deep, black hues. Tightly wound, intense and penetrating nose of ripe black fruits with dark herb and spice notes as well as violet florals. Medium full bodied, the flavours unfold and reveal black fruits and floral, concentrated and densely packed, supported by fine grained yet firm tannins. The oaking is sensitive and the youthful acidity carries the flavours to a long, lingering finish featuring spicy black fruits with hints of liquorice.
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