Vibrant, with blood orange and plum flavors that are juicy and expressive. Mineral and herb notes linger in the background. Dense, muscular tannins provide the framework. Drink now through 2027. 300 cases made.
James Suckling 96P
Deeply scented pinot noir with ripe plum, dark cherry and spicy oak flavours. Concentrated, dense and approachable but with obvious cellaring potential. Very defined fruit flavours - a textbook example of the variety that is somehow amplified by a subtle influence of spicy French oak.
Raymond Chan 19+/20
Dark, deep, black-hearted ruby-red colour with slight purple hues, lighter on the edge. The nose is refined in expression with a core of ripe black cherry and berry fruit entwined with dark-red and black florals, with finely integrated savoury dark herb and whole cluster stalk suggestions. Subtle notes of liquorice emerge, and the aromatics grow in depth, intensity and volume with aeration. Medium to medium-full bodied, the palate has elegantly concentrated and intense flavours of black cherries and liquorice with subtle spice notes, unveiling black florals and integrated and harmoniously interwoven dark herb and whole bunch complexities. The palate has a concentrated core with fine-grained, flowery tannin structure and refined acidity. Floral elements unfold and carry through to an aromatic, lingering finish of finesse. This is an elegantly concentrated, refined Pinot Noir with ripe black fruits, florals, liquorice and spice notes, integrated with whole bunch detail and flowery structure. Match with wild duck and pork dishes over the next 6-8+ years. A blend of clones 10/5, Abel and 5 from the McCreanor ‘Pahi’ vineyard, Princess Street, vines 28 y.o., indigenous yeast fermented with 50% whole bunches to 13.1% alc., the wine spending 17 days on skins and aged 18 months in 30% new French oak barriques. This is the last ‘Pahi’ made by Escarpment.
Escarpment er beliggende blot 5 km øst for den byen Martinborough og strækker sig over 24 hektar særprægede marker langs bredden af Huangarua-floden. Escarpment's mål er simpelt: at kontinuerligt producere det bedste af morgendagens New World-vine. Kompleksitet, tekstur og struktur er nøgleord og selve motivationen.
Escarpment Vineyard blev etableret i 1998 som et joint venture mellem Robert & Mem Kirby og Larry & Sue McKenna og har resulteret i en af de mest betydningsfulde producenter i Martinborough. Der produceres både Village vine samt enkeltmarksvine fra de absolut bedste marker i landet. Man forventer at producere fuldt organisk indenfor 1-2 år.