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
94/100 Bob Campbell MW
"Attractively-scented pinot noir with floral, violet, dark cherry, berry and spice flavours. Sweet fruit restrained by a backbone of firm tannins. Accessible now but deserves a few years in bottle to bring out its best 08 APR 2019." Drink 2019 - 2025
94/100 Wine Orbit, Sam Kim
"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."
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