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Palliser Estate ‘The Rose’ Methode Traditionnelle 2016

13 June,2018

Palliser Estate has consistently made the Wairarapa’s best methode traditionnelle wine. This is due to its diverse range of fruit sources and the investment in time and stock to properly age the wine, as well as the thoughtful and meticulous winemaking of Allan Johnson. The latest release, ‘The Griffin’ 2015 has earned a 5-star rating in my reviews (click here to see). It has taken what appears to be a long time in producing a rosé method traditionnelle, but knowing that Allan likes to get it right, Palliser Estate has finally released its version of this popular and specific category, named ‘The Rose’. It did take a while for Palliser Estate to release its table wine rosé, but it was immediately a success, showing that the wait was worth it. Here, I review ‘The Rose’ Methode Traditionnelle 2016. www.palliser.co.nz

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Palliser Estate ‘The Rose’ Martinborough Methode Traditionnelle 2016

Sparkling Wine from New Zealand – Wairarapa & Wellington

18/20

Bright strawberry pink with peach hues and eye-of-the-partridge colour on the rim, the bubbles are very fine and the bead with good persistence. The bouquet is fresh with a firm heart of well-concentrated aromas red berry and berry fruit with pomegranate and a little quince, underlined by fine, light bready-yeasty elements providing nuance and detail. The aromatics show good depth and presence. Dry to taste and medium-bodied, the palate has a soft, rounded heart with good depth od flavour of cherries and strawberries, with florals and quince, unfolding soft bready-yeasty autolytic complexity. The mouthfeel has plenty of presence with soft acidity and creamy effervescence lending a mouthwatering texture. The wine carries to a rounded, gentle finish of red fruits and a little yeast. This is a softly rich and concentrated rosé methode traditionnelle with a rounded core of cherries, strawberries, florals and quince along with light autolysis and a fresh, creamy palate. Serve as an aperitif, with canapés and antipasto over the next 2-3 years. Made from 100% saignee Pinot Noir, 90% clone 5 and 10% Abel clone from the ‘Pinnacles’ vineyard, given limited maceration and fermented with 100% MLF to 13.0% alc. This was triaged on 4 November 2016 and disgorged on 2 May 2018, the wine on lees 17 months. This carries 5 g/L dosage. 18.0/20 Jun 2018 RRP $55.00

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