19/03/2012 » News
All Richard’s determined & focused training paid off yesterday, completing the 10km Martinborough Around the Vines walk. He was still smiling at the finishing line (unfortunately though my photography skills failed to capture the moment) which was a good indication that he meet his target time. Not at work yet though so not sure sure that is such a good sign!
15/03/2012 » News
Check out Raymond’s latest review of Palliser, titled Skill Managing Diversity. The introduction is as follows: “It’s a sign of ability and confidence when a winery can produce a variety of styles equally successfully. This applies to Palliser Estate n Martinborough for sure, making top class sparkling wine (surely one of the more technically involved of wines!), aromatics, oak-aged whites, accessible and long-term reds as well as superior sweet wines. The stable structure of the company, relentlessly driven leadership and very capable personnel maximise the quality from the resource of well-established vineyards”
For the reviews of the four wines he tasted refer http://www.raymondchanwinereviews.co.nz/features/palliser-estate-skill-managing-diversity
14/03/2012 » News
Yesterday Nicky and her family lost a wonderful husband and the children their father, he was devoted to them all. It was the mark of the man that despite his many commitments Nicky and the children always came first.
Jock served as a director of Palliser from 19th June 2000 to 1st July 2008 and was always logical and professional. We will miss him along with so many Kiwis. The World Cup was hosted by New Zealand because of Jock and one of my fondest memories will be of Jock sitting amongst the AB’s at the aftermatch party with a huge smile on his face because he had just watched the AB’s clinically destroy Australia. To me and many others the most poignant moment of the World Cup was Jock striding out onto Eden Park to deliver Ritchie his 100th cap. We were all willing him on hoping that he would not stumble but Jock just nailed it – he made us all very, very proud.
Jock of course saved New Zealand rugby and he was with us at one of the Bledisloe Cup tests in Australia and on the way to the game we were amazed at how many Australians came up and shook his hand and said “Thank you for saving our game”. It was a humbling experience.
A man of dignity, courage, impeccable values and a great husband, father and friend to us all. Thank you Jock for really just being Jock, you will live on forever in our hearts and minds.
08/03/2012 » Palliser Estate, Pinot Gris, Reviews
Peter Saunders described our 2011 Pinot gris as follows in the March 2012 edition of MG Business:
“Moderate alcohol level of 12.5%, light spicey with the legendary pear tones seeping through. Young, still fresh, a delicious example of understated pinot gris which offers subtlety as well as spine and seriousness. Just off dry.”
07/03/2012 » News
Today is the first bottling of our Pencarrow Pinot noir 2011. This wine is the younger sibling of the Air New Zealand awards 2011 Champion Pinot noir & Best Commercial Red, the 2010 Pencarrow Pinot noir & is a very similar wine however slightly more supple (a wine judge visiting from Australia thought even better!). The judges citation from the awards for the 2010 was as follows: Brilliant dusky black cherry colour, full of Pinotness, with wild strawberry, cherry, warm forest, spice and briar notes on the nose. Brilliant tight sinewy autumn forest, whispy and wild, a bit Lindsay Lohan but with more spine and a lot more fine. Lovely long warm earth tannins with a hint of chalk dust. Greatness prevails.
To be released in April so watch the shelves for arguably the best value Pinot noir on the market.