5 STARS 93/100 | Sam Kim, Wine Orbit
The entire Palliser Pencarrow range has a hard won reputation for sheer value for money and this 2018 Pinot is another prime example. With fruits in the dark red spectrum and some nicely incorporated herbal elements, there is the typical Pencarrow complexity that always sets this label apart from other Martinborough wines in the same price band. Recommended.
Sam Kim writes "Elegant yet flavoursome, this charming pinot shows dark cherry, raspberry, mixed spice and roasted nut characters on the nose with a subtle mushroom complexity. The palate is equally attractive with supple mouthfeel and juicy fruit intensity, beautifully complemented by silky texture and polished tannins."
The winery writes "The palate opens with a rush of raspberry, cherry and anise, an unmistakable Martinborough regional signature coming through in the sappy, savoury Pinot Noir characters. The mid-palate is garnished with fresh sage, adding complexity and interest to the mouthful of juicy summer red fruits. Beautifully fine and silky with a fresh and detailed acid line, the expressive fruit is buttressed firmly by a wall of finely rendered tannins. A juicy and expressive Pinot Noir with enough savoury interest to please even the most dedicated Pinot lover."