Kupe by Escarpment Chardonnay 2011 (6 x 750mL), Martinborough, NZ.

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$287.94 per pack


The partners of Escarpment Vineyard are proud to release the fifth vintage of our Kupe Chardonnay. The season has given us perfectly ripe fruit grown on the Martinborough Terrace’s free draining alluvial gravels. It was barrel fermented in 20% new oak and aged on fermentation lees for 10 months before being bottled in April 2012.

NZ - Martinborough
New Zealand

Expert Reviews

The 2011 Kupe Chardonnay is a single vineyard, Clone 95 wine made with a little more new oak than the other Chardonnay and 50% of the blend undergoing malo-lactic fermentation. It opens with notes of grapefruit, peach kernel and Golden Delicious apple highlighted by some cream and baking bread nuances. On the palate it has a nice texture and concentration with medium to high acid and a long, savory finish. Drink it now to 2017+.

Larry McKenna is a man of vision and hard graft, and these attributes show in his very impressive wines. Originally from Australia, he left Roseworthy College in South Australia in 1976 and never looked back. Pinot must have got under his skin when he hit New Zealand, where spent he spent 13 years building the quality and reputation of Martinborough Vineyard’s Pinot before striking out for the then-undeveloped “Upper Terraces” off Te Muna Road in 1999, where he established a vineyard and also developed his own ground-breaking style from unique vineyards on the town’s escarpment. The Kupe Vineyard in particular has incredible promise and potential, densely planted to Able Clone (NZ’s “gum boot” clone, which is thought to have originated from DRC) on the Te Muna site. McKenna also makes some very good single vineyard expressions from vineyards on the terrace in the town, naming the wines after the vineyards: Kiwa, Pahi and Te Rehua. Rating 92+, Drink: 2013 - 2017 Lisa Perrotti-Brown MW, eRobertParker.com (APR/2013)

Escarpment’s flagship Chardonnay is a typically full flavoured wine with layers of oak, yeast and butterscotch flavours. This wine fits that stereotype with perhaps more fruit emphasis and more crisp acidity than usual. A slightly edgy Chardonnay style that needs a little bottle age to bring out its best. Rating 90 - Bob Campbell MW, BobsWineReviews.com (APR/2013)

Winery Tasting Notes


Showing ripe but restrained fruit, intelligent use of oak and a flinty mineral backbone it is at the pinnacle of the style in New Zealand.


It will age gracefully for up to 10 years

Food Matching

The wine will compliment most kaimoana or entrée dishes.

NZ - Martinborough
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In 1999, Robert and Mem Kirby and Larry and Sue McKenna met for the first time, and quickly realized they shared a great passion for Pinot Noir, and the project to develop Escarpment Vineyard began. Collectively all four directors bring to Escarpment a world of experience, skill and understanding to the nurturing and making of fine, deliciously sublime wine.

In the search for the perfect vineyard site, Larry and Sue kept coming back to the Martinborough area, an area they knew intimately and which they were convinced offered the rich mix of elements required to grow and make fine New World wines, in particular Pinot Noir.

Escarpment Vineyard is planted on alluvial gravel terraces at the base of the Aorangi Ranges, the very hills made famous by the legendary Polynesian voyager who, according to Maori legend, discovered New Zealand. Kupe left his three canoes, Nga Waka, on top of the range, giving rise to the now familiarlandmark of the district, the three flat-topped hills on top of the range, which resemble unturned canoes. This warrior and his story provide inspiration for Escarpment Vineyard’s distinctive brand and logo, and for Larry and his winemaking team.

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