Palliser Estate Pinot Noir 2004
Winemaker Allan Johnson aims for a "ripe, full and rich" Pinot Noir. In recent years the wines have won many accolades. Most recently the 2000 vintage won the Winestate Pinot Noir of the year in 2002 and the 2001 vintage was awarded the only New Zealand gold medal at the 2003 London International Wine Challenge.
Well-weighted with excellent richness and sweetness of fruit, the balance of extraction and suppleness of the tannins is nigh on ideal. The dark cherry-berry flavors can be appreciated now, but more savory, mushroomy flavors will develop over the next 4-6 years.. A wine that will match poultry, pork and all but the most highly seasoned red meat dishes well.