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Pencarrow Chardonnay. Chardonnay 2014

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Pencarrow Chardonnay.

Notes by Tom

From the quality producer of Palliser Estate the Pencarrow brand has consistently produced exceptional wine and exceptional value. The 2014 Chardonnay is the perfect example of this. An elegant, beautifully balanced Chardonnay. The 2014 vintage is out early due to a stellar vintage in 2013 across the country. Thankfully for the industry , but more importantly thankfully for we the drinker, 2014 followed up with an equally impressive vintage. This means we have a Chardonnay with a wonderful mix of fruit flavours; from the tropical melon notes seen further north in the Hawkes Bay to the crisp citrus notes more familiar in the South Island. Backed up with subtle oak age the wine provides all the sophistication Chardonnay can provide, accentuating the soils character with steely mineral notes and then softened by the fruit flavours and mouthfeel. As with all wines from Palliser Estate, the wine is in perfect balance.

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Palliser Estate

Palliser Estate, so named after Cape Palliser on the southern tip of the North Island, was established in 1984 just after the first wave of plantings in the Martinborough region. Over the years it has steadily grown its international reputation with excellent examples of Pinot Noir and Sauvignon Blanc. Now covering 92 hectares Palliser is one of the largest wineries in a very small region. Allan Johnson is celebrating his 25th vintage at the helm as Chief Winemaker in 2015 and this consistency has shown through in steady year on year improvement in the wines across the board.

Wine Description


One of the most versatile varieties, Chardonnay comes sparkled, oaked, unoaked, dry, sweet, aged, young. Its most famous incarnations are those from the Cote du Beaune(oaked) & Chablis(unoaked) in Burgundy as well as being a key component in most Champagnes(sparkling). It has spread across the world and is made in almost every country producing quality wine. Generally cooler climates produce the best examples with fresh citrus and apple notes but warmer climates can produce great Chardonnays as well, tending to be more tropical fruit and buttery in their nature. Some Burgundian Chardonnays are at the top end of the price spectrum for white wine and, to be fair, well worth a bank loan!

Region Description


Martinborough is the primary region of the Wairarapa and has garnered international acclaim for its Pinot Noir. It is very much a boutique region with 3% of New Zealand’s vines and only 1% of its production. Quality is high across the board due to yielding less wine from more vines. The grapes coming off the vines have great depth of character and show through in the bottle.
The region was planted in 1980 after it was ascertained that the conditions were so Burgundian in nature that it must be the perfect spot to strive to perfect Pinot Noir. They were right.


Over the hill from Wellington, The Wairarapa region benefits from the protection of the Tararua and Rimutaka Ranges. All the rubbish weather that hits the west coast of central New Zealand is stopped in its tracks by these hills and morphs into long sunny summer days which allow the grapes ripen to full effect. The cool evenings also help by keeping the acidity levels up whilst the grapes ripen and sugars increase. Without this geographic impact our wines would turn flabby and decidedly Australian!
This region is Pinot Noir country but you will also find great Chardonnays, Sauvignon Blancs and Rieslings, among others, emanating from the area.