Palliser Estate Pencarrow Sauvignon Blanc is made from 100% Sauvignon Blanc sourced from the Martinborough wine-growing region at the very south of New Zealand’s North Island.
Palliser Estate itself is actually located in the small village of Martinborough and is named after the local geographical landmark of Cape Palliser which was, in turn, named after a British Naval Officer by Captain James Cook. The first grapes were planted at Palliser Estate in 1984 with the first commercial wines were released in 1989 and first exports in 1991. Today, the estate comprises some 92 hectares (around 228 acres) of vineyards planted with mainly Pinot Noir and Sauvignon Blanc along with some Riesling, Chardonnay and Pinot Gris.
Palliser Estate place a lot of importance (more than many) on good vineyard practices. The train their vines to achieve a low canopy density and well-exposed fruit. This combined with judicious leaf plucking produces the distinctive fruit flavours in the wine. When the grapes are judged to be at their optimum maturity they are harvested and processed to retain the inherent fruitiness of this varietal. This combined with Martinborough’s maritime climate helps to produce ripe intensely flavoured Sauvignon Blanc.
The fruit for Pencarrow Sauvignon Blanc is 100% Martinborough fruit from the estate vineyards with some bought in fruit from the ‘Clouston’ and ‘Southdown’ vineyards. It is cool fermented in stainless-steel and the wine is aged 3 months on lees with stirring.