Dense and concentrated, with herb and cola accents to the tangy berry and plum flavors. Dark and brooding, with date nut bread, tobacco and baking spice details lingering on the finish. Drink now through 2027. 300 cases made.
James Suckling 97P
The top dog is in impressive shape in this perfect harvest, showing plenty of charismatic perfume, spices and ripe cherry fruits, as well as earthy nuances. The palate has plenty of ripeness, this is a really luscious wine, bathed in ripe darker cherry and plum fruit flavours with a wall of plush velvety tannin delivering a long, commanding but caressing palate. Brilliant. Drink now to 2030
Raymond Chan 19,5/20
Full, black-hearted ruby-red colour with slight purple hues, a little lighter on the rim, youthful in appearance. The nose is full and voluminous with vibrant, aromatic dark-red and black fruits, lifted with a complex amalgam of black florals, savoury whole cluster stalk elements, anise and dark herb elements. This has excellent depth and concentration allied to perfumed lift and complexity. Medium-full bodied, the palate is succulently rich with ripe black cherry and black-berried fruits along with aromatic dark-red, violet and black florals, underlined by subtle whole cluster stalk and dark herb detail. The palate has freshness and vibrancy with lacy acidity along with fine-grained tannin extraction and structure. As the wine flows, the acidity lifts the fruit aromatics and enriches the sweetness. This has power, vitality and energy, and carries to a sustained, succulent, complex finish. This is a beautifully rich, vibrant and powerful, but impeccably balanced Pinot Noir with aromatic black fruits and subtle layers of complexity. Match with lamb, beef and venison dishes over the next 8-10 years. A blend of many clones from the Barton ‘Te Rehua’ vineyard, Huangarua Road, vines 23 y.o., indigenous yeast fermented with 65% whole bunches to 13.9% alc., the wine spending 24 days on skins and aged 18 months in 30% new French oak barriques.
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.