2018 Escarpment Martinborough Pinot Noir
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
91/100 Bob Campbell MW
"A step up in concentration from the entry level Noir but with similar tobacco, cherry, toast, dried herb, floral and spice flavours. Subtle fruit sweetness is balanced by suede-like tannins. 26 FEB 2020." Drink 2020 - 2024
94/100 Wine Orbit, Sam Kim (2017 vintage)
"The wine is gorgeously expressed on the nose showing ripe strawberry, cherry, mixed spice, cedar and floral characters. The palate delivers excellent weight and vibrant fruit intensity, wonderfully supported by fine texture and polished tannins. Beautifully poised and styled. $50.00. www.escarpment.co.nz. April 2019." Drink 2019 - 2024
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."
|Region||Martinborough / Wairarapa|
|Maturity||2020 - 2028|
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