Pencarrow Chardonnay 2015

Pencarrow Chardonnay 2015
It wasn’t that long ago people didn’t even believe New Zealand existed. It wasn’t even on the map. And to the uninitiated, the wines of New Zealand are still a new discovery, which is something of a travesty.

This land on the other side of the world, populated by trailblazers and dreamers is a hotbed of winemaking activity. Since 1989, Palliser Estate has harnessed the potential of seven unique plots on the Martinborough Terrace, bordered by the Ruamahanga and Huangarua Rivers. The terroir is characterised by a stony silt loam overlaying varying depths of ancient free draining river gravels. These soils and the harsh, marginal climate combine to produce fruit that is vibrant and alive.

At a recent tasting of the spectacular 2015 Pencarrow Chardonnay, we were thrilled by the tension and verve, the noble ripe fruit, the glorious texture, and the bright acidity. It’s a complete package, which offers so much character and class for its relatively humble price point. Compared to the myriad of insipid and unexciting white wine on the market at £10 a bottle, this is a revelation. It has understandably been a firm favourite in the London on-trade. Thanks to some negotiation, we now have a large enough allocation to offer to Private Clients too. If you’re looking for something as an alternative to White Burgundy, or just something that punches well above its weight – look no further!