Kupe by Escarpment Pinot Noir 2009 (6 x 750mL), NZ. RRP$65.99

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Overview

This is the fifth release from The Escarpment Vineyard’s close planted vineyard on Te Muna Road, Martinborough. The spacing of 1.5m * 1m (6,700 vines/ha) is approaching the planting densities used in Burgundy from where the inspiration for this wine comes.

Region:
NZ - Martinborough
State:
Imported
Country:
New Zealand

Winery Tasting Notes

Vintage Condition

The season was exemplary in Martinborough with a warmer than average, dry summer allowing perfectly ripe fruit to be harvested in April 2009. The wine is a true reflection of both Martinborough’s unique terroir and the skills and experience of winemaker Larry McKenna.

Cellaring Potential

At the vanguard of Pinot Noir style in the New World, the 2006 Kupe should age gracefully for up to 10 years.

Winemaking Note

Fermented in wooden French cuvees, hand plunged and aged in 50% new French oak barriques the wine was given every priority during its elevation and now shows all the hallmarks of a grand young wine on its release in 2011. The season was exemplary in Martinborough with a warmer than average, dry summer allowing perfectly ripe fruit to be harvested in April 2009. It is at the vanguard of Pinot noir style in the New World and should age gracefully for up to 10 years. The wine is a true reflection of both Martinborough’s unique terroir and the skills and experience of winemaker Larry McKenna.

Vintage
2009
Region
NZ - Martinborough
Grape Style
Pinot Noir
Closure Type
Screwcap closure
Alcohol
13.4%

Winery Profile

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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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