09/11/2012 » 2007, Events, Methode Traditionnelle, News, Reviews
We are thrilled with the results from Dish magazine’s sparkling tasting (Dec/Jan issue). We love this wine ourselves, and its wonderful to know that others enjoy it as much as we do. Here’s what the panel said:
“No question this was a truly seductive wine right from the outset. Pretty and golden in the glass with aromas of pastry, toasted croissant and rising dough,it was one of those wines that made an immediate impression. Created by Allan Johnson from a blend of chardonnay and pinot noir, the “Attractive yeast autolysis backbone andstonefruit intensity” wowed Cameron Douglas while Yvonne Lorkin loved the incredibly clean and balanced mouthfeel with its lovely biscuity, creamy character and James Rowan was rather taken with its “nice mousse and fantastic depth of flavour”. A very sophisticated and ultimately satisfying sparkler.”
17/10/2012 » 2007, Events, Methode Traditionnelle, News, Palliser Estate, Reviews
Great to hear that our delicious bubbly has been awarded 5 stars in the Christmas issue of Cuisine magazine. We can always find an occasion to celebrate and share this lovely drop.
21/06/2012 » Events, News
Our winemaker Allan is currently in the middle of winemakers tour with our New Zealand Distributors – Negociants New Zealand. Today they are in Queenstown and undertaking an Old Vine master class. Seven wines, seven wineries. Vine age from thirty years to over 125 years old. Below are some images from the master class.
Meanwhile our other winemaker Pip is in the USA with our US distributors – Negociants USA. Both Pip and our wines have captivated the Americans.
21/11/2011 » Events, News
The Palliser team (dressed as world cup champions- well that was the intention anyway!) pulled out a stunning performance surprising not only themselves in coming 2nd in the winery barrel race around the square. The team was put in a good position by Pip (even better if she hadn’t been interfered with!), held steady by Derek & Narida & then brought home very strongly by our star Blair. Martinborough Vineyard was convincingly first & Dry River a close(ish) 3rd.
The true hilarity however was had in the 2nd race where 3 local businesses had been allowed to put wheels on their half barrels. In between water balloons being thrown constantly & the 3 very competitive teams trying to take each other out it was one of the funniest spectacles & a great addition to the annual pre-Toast barrel race.
Toast the following day was yet another fun day and ran smoothly with Carla running it for the 20th year. It has to be said however that we are all glad to have it over for another year & that the day wasn’t as blustery as it is today!
26/10/2011 » Events, News
It was never going to be easy, the final was just a little close for comfort, but as a drama it was hard to beat. If the English needed a lesson on tenacity, bravery and courage I do hope they watched Les Bleus who were magnificent BUT our boys won and that is what history will record. From the moment Les Bleus challenged the Haka you knew it was going to be all on. I have never been in a Kiwi crowd who sang our National anthem with such pride and VERY loudly—it was emotional and passionate.
You knew this RWC was going to be special from the moment the Wakas slid silently into the Viaduct. The hosting rights were sold pretty much on the stadium of 4.5 million and that was a big call but New Zealand responded magnificently. It was not a cheap exercise going to the games but right across the Country people responded in their thousands and opened their hearts and homes to our visitors.
So thank you to Ritchie and his men for returning The Webb Ellis trophy to New Zealand. Thank you for the way you played against Australia in the semi final—I have never witnessed an All Black team play with such a clinical ferocity and thank you from the bottom of our hearts for the courage, bravery and self belief in winning the final. Thank you to Jock and his team for winning the hosting rights. There were many special moments in this tournament but none more so than Jock presenting Ritchie with his 100th Cap—two warriors each with their own mountain to climb. Thank you to Ted, Steve and Wayne you were the best coaches. Thank you to Martin Snedden and his team for staging a truly remarkable occasion. I have had messages from colleagues all over the World saying it was our time—my Australian colleagues being particularly gracious. So thank you to all involved, you made New Zealand very proud – our chests are bursting with pride.