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
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
The wine will compliment most kaimoana or entrée dishes.