What’s in the glass tonight June 19th

Pencarrow Sauvignon Blanc 2012

Pencarrow Martinborough Sauvignon Blanc 2012 – $

A confession: I like the work of the team at Palliser Estate. Alas I find their wines a bit outside my weekly budget for everything but celebratory quaffing, so I often revert to drinking Pencarrow wines, their second label.

Here is this years sav blanc, at a ridiculous discount down at my big-box grocery retailer, with such a label on it. How could I refuse?

Pale green straw colour. 12.5%. The local sav blanc character is softer and rounder than the varietal you see from the Awatere or Brancott Valley’s in Marlborough. Not so much acidity or ‘bite’. I like that for a change, especially when the nights are cooler. There are still herby characters on the nose, and red capsicum and grass and gooseberry and the usual Kiwi suspects, but they are suspended in a softer framework of ripe fruit, and dare I say, some oak (I smell vanilla)? Very ripe in the mouth. The age (2012) helps again to take the edge off the blade, but I wouldn’t keep the wine any longer lest it relax to flabbiness. I like it right now! 4

and a funny thing, a few days later, I get to try Big Sister…


Palliser Estate Martinborough Sauvignon Blanc 2012 – $$

This one smells fresher and riper and claener than the Pencarrow. Quite sweet in the mouth, but with softness and major ripeness of fruit. very clean flavours. Light red capsicum notes. Love it. 4+


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