The Escarpment “Insight Series” allows individual vineyard expression from exceptional sites within the Martinborough Geographic Indication. The vines which have grown this wine have been our pride and joy since being planted in 1999. This is the seventh release from The Escarpment Vineyard’s close planted vineyard on Te Muna Road, Martinborough. The spacing of 1.5m x 1m (6,700 vines/ha) is approaching the planting densities used in Burgundy from where the inspiration for this wine comes.
- NZ - Martinborough
- New Zealand
Quite complex pinot noir with a silken texture and impressive length. Cherry, plum, spice, leather and floral flavours. A powerhouse with obvious potential. Top label from one of this country’s mose accomplished pinot makers. Rating 97 Huon Hooke, 100 Top New Releases, Gourmet Traveller Wine, June/July 2013, Page 160
The flagship wine of Escarpment from their close-planted vineyard on Te Muna Road in Martinborough that went into ground in 1999. The wine sees 50% new French oak during its time of cellar maturation. This is the 6th release of the wine. It’s a wine that needs some time and further cellaring, it’s pretty closed at first glance, let it breathe and the wine comes alive – far out, there’s some power and punch here. Oak is set to fancy and high, but meshes into the dark, broody fruit character, offset by lacy, but stern tannin. Impressive in it’s impact across the palate, twiggy through the finish, mouth puckering and complex. There’s lots to chew on, in a way, but the fruit shows many layers of pleasurable complexity. Super. Rating 95+ Drink : 2013 - 2026, Mike Bennie, Wine Front (MAY/2013)
Intense and quite complex Pinot Noir with a silken texture and impressive length. Cherry, plum, spice, leather and floral flavours. A powerhouse with obvious potential. Top label from one of this country's most accomplished Pinot Noir makers. Rating 95 - Bob Campbell MW, Bobswinereviews.com (Mar/2013)
Winery Tasting Notes
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 2013. The season was exemplary in Martinborough with a warmer than average, dry summer allowing perfectly ripe fruit to be harvested in April 2011.
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.
2018 - 2021