2016 Escarpment Martinborough Pinot Noir

2016 Escarpment Martinborough Pinot Noir

19 Points Raymond Chan
2016 Escarpment Martinborough Pinot Noir
19 Points Raymond Chan

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A superbly complex and structured Pinot for the dinner table. A lovely 2016 season enabled the legendary Escarpment label to once again deliver a French-influenced, but ripe and assertive Martinborough Pinot. Complex layered fruit character including ripe black fruit and bright red, with fresh greener nuances adding lift and character. Truly balanced, complete and classic. Drink or cellar a decade.

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$49.99 in mixed 6+ or $55.99 per bottle



Pinot Noir

Its Origins

The four owners of Escarpment - Larry and Sue McKenna, Robert and Mem Kirby - met by chance through a mutual friend in 1998. But their shared sense that New Zealand had great things to offer the world of Pinot Noir saw them going into business the very same year. Using winemaker Larry McKenna's local knowledge they settled on Martinborough’s alluvial Te Muna terrace - then hardly on the map but now an important and renowned sub-region. A winery name was eventually chosen that was sufficiently sublime yet descriptive of the vineyard’s own distinctive landscape, but the name no doubt also makes reference to the famous limestone escarpment that forms the spine of France’s Burgundy region - from which McKenna draws his key traditions and inspirations. McKenna began his studies in his native Australia before his OE brought him to New Zealand, where his main position was CEO and Winemaker of Martinborough Vineyards over a period of extraordinary growth between 1986 and 1999. Since establishing Escarpment McKenna has consistently made superb terroir wines in many varietals, while further consolidating his particular reputation as New Zealand’s foremost expert in serious, savoury, premium Pinot Noir.

What The Critics Say

92/100 Bob Campbell MW

"Entry level Escarpment pinot noir with signature structure of grippy tannins and quite a complex, layered palate featuring spice, dark berry, plum, floral and dried herb flavours. Still a little closed but should develop well. 22/4/2018." Drink 2018 - 2023

19-/20 Raymond Chan

"Firm and solidly packed with deeply concentrated aromas of ripe black cherry and black berried fruits. The aromatics grow in depth, intensity and penetration and unfold notes of black herbs, nuances of whole bunch stalk perfumes and black minerals. This has freshness and vitality. Medium-full bodied, the palate has succulently rich and sweet flavours of ripe dark-red and black cherry and berry fruit entwined with a soft layer of dark herbs, subtle whole bunch stalk nuances, unfolding dark-red and violet florals. The fruit is vibrant and vigorous, and the sweetness is underlined by fine-grained tannin structure, with bright, lacy acidity enlivening the mouthfeel. Some raspberry liqueur notes emerge, and the wine carries with plenty of energy to a long and flavoursome finish. Match with lamb, beef and venison over the next 6-8 years. A blend of 84% Te Muna fruit and 16% ‘town’ fruit, all hand-picked and indigenous yeast fermented with 40% whole bunches to 14.2% alc., the wine spending 15 days on skins and aged 11 months in 25% new French oak barriques. 19.0-/20 Apr 2018 RRP $50.00." Drink 2018 - 2026

91/100 Burghound, Allen Meadows (2014 vintage)

"Somber but nicely complex dark pinot fruit, spice, briar and earth scents. There is both fine density and power to the robust, even slightly rustic broad-shouldered flavors that possess solid depth and excellent length on the dusty, palate coating and ever-so-gently warm finale. This rough and tumble effort has the stuff to reward at least a decade or more worth of cellaring though it should be approachable after half of that. Worth checking out."

Stats & Food Matching

  • Variety

    Pinot Noir

  • Colour


  • Region

    Martinborough / Wairarapa

  • Closure


  • Volume


  • Alcohol


  • Maturity

    2018 - 2026

This Wine Goes Well With

with DUCK
with PORK



Delivery & Returns

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If for any reason you are not entirely happy with your order or you suspect that they may be affected by a quality issue, please do not hesitate to contact us and we will remedy the problem straight away. Contact us on 0800 422 767.


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