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Pencarrow Martinborough Pinot Noir 2016

14 August,2017
The Pencarrow label has proven itself to be one of the most successful and popular second brands in Martinborough, with many of the wines, especially the Pinot Noir performing exceptionally well at wine shows. It is the situation where certain quantities of the premium fruit are required for the very top label, and what is remaining, which may not be insubstantial, goes into the next tier. But also playing its role is that the secondary tier is made in a more fruit-focused and accessible style, which offers more immediate enjoyment, whereas a flagship wine may need cellaring to show its best. These qualities of fruit accessibility, balance and harmony not only strike a chord with wine judges, but also the consumer. Here, I review the new 2016 Pencarrow Martinborough Pinot Noir. www.palliser.co.nz


Pencarrow Martinborough Pinot Noir 2016

Pinot Noir from New Zealand – Wairarapa & Wellington

Ruby-red colour with some purple hues and a little depth, paler on the rim. This has a gently full and elegantly voluminous nose with softly packed aromas of ripe dark-red and black berry and cherry fruit, unfolding subtle notes of violet florals and dark herbs from the core. The aromatics are elegant and beautifully ethereal. Medium-full bodied, the palate is lusciously rich and juicy with sweet flavours of dark-red berry and cherry fruit entwined with subtle nuances of dark herbs, unfolding fragrant violet and dark-red florals providing aromatic lift. The fruit is supported by very fine-grained tannins that provide structure and grip, but enable accessibility, and the acidity is fresh and lacy, lending energy and vitality. The wine flows to a rich and succulent finish of aromatic dark-red fruits with herb nuances. This is a deliciously juicy Pinot Noir with sweet dark-red berry and cherry fruits along with herbal detail and fragrant florals on a fine-grained palate. Match with poultry and pork over the next 4-5+ years. Clones 5, 114, 115, 667, 777, Abel and MV6 fruit from the ‘Pinnacles’. ‘East Base’, ‘Palliser/Clouston’ and a small amount from the ‘Collins’ vineyards, indigenous yeast fermented with 5% whole clusters to 14.1% alc., the wine aged 10 months in 24% new 228 L casks. 18.5/20 Aug 2017 RRP $30.00
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