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Palliser Estate Martinborough Riesling 2018

27 July,2018

Palliser Estate in Martinborough is arguably best-known for its Sauvignon Blanc and Pinot Noir, but the likes of Chardonnay, Riesling and Pinot Gris are very much at the same standard, as are the method traditionnelle wines nowadays. There has been a definite step up with the wines over the last few years, with the Palliser Estate team recognising the importance of attaining the highest possible quality, a point C.E.O. Pip Goodwin confirmed at the release of ‘The Great Riddler’ Chardonnay 2016 tribute wine to Richard Riddiford (click here to see my report and review). Winemaker Allan Johnson has always made wines of finesse and elegance, and the arrival of Guy McMaster working in vineyard and winery, along with the consultancy of Oliver Masters has no doubt contributed to the progress. Here, I review the new release 2018 Palliser Estate Riesling, always a beautiful wine in previous vintages.


Palliser Estate Martinborough Riesling 2018

Riesling from New Zealand – Wairarapa & Wellington


Bright pale straw colour with slight green hues, lighter on the rim. The nose is softly concentrated with aromas of lime fruit harmoniously melded with white florals and soft musky botrytis notes, unfolding hints of piquant herbs and minerals. The aromatics build in depth with aeration. Medium-dry to taste and medium-bodied, the palate has an elegant heart with flavours of lime fruit entwined with white floral detail, hints of honeysuckle and musk, with suggestions of herbs and minerals. The mouthfeel is refreshing and lively, and the wine flows along a fine, phenolic-textured line with good energy to a dry, lingering finish. This is a soft and detailed off-dry Riesling with lime and floral fruit with honey and musk notes on a fine-textured, refreshing palate. Match with Asian fare over the next 4 years. Fruit with approx. 5% botrytis, from the ‘Om Santi’ and ‘Palliser’ vineyards, cool-fermented to 11.3% alc. and 6.6 g/L RS, TA 7.8 g/L and pH 3.01. 18.5/20 Jul 2018 RRP $25.00

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