Escarpment Pinot Noir 2011 (6 x 750mL), Martinborough, NZ.

Liquor Act 2007: It is against the law to sell or supply alcohol to, or to obtain alcohol on behalf of, a person under the age of 18 years. Liquor licence LIQP770010049
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$269.40 per case
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Perfect weather in Martinborough during flowering in December 2010 resulted in an ideal crop which required extensive thinning (green harvest). A normal warm dry summer followed creating the distinctive Escarpment style showing complexity, attractive texture and the perfect mix of black, red and green fruit flavours for which Pinot Noir is celebrated. The fruit was hand harvested, then gently handled without pumping until it was pressed. Hand plunged every 12 hours then left to macerate on skins for an average vat time of 16 days. It has been aged completely in French oak barriques, of which 25% were new, for 11 months.

NZ - Martinborough
New Zealand

Expert Reviews

"Attractively scented with lifted floral, red berry and sweet cherry on the nose and a pleasing suggestion of savoury, toasty, smoky character energing on the palate. Vibrant, supple wine with a great texture and long finish." 95 Points Bob Campbell MW - Gourmet Traveller Wine

Fruit gets picked by hand, light work in the winery with only hand plunging, and 18 days on skins. Aged in 30% new French oak for 11 months.

Fine, just fleshy texture, elegant, seamless, and good to drink, but feels like a ‘quiet wine’ - a celebration of subtlety over overtness, which is appealing when done well. Has great pinosity without being indivdiual – all bits tucked in. There is great glide and satiny texture. Finishes with gentle chalky pucker. Seamless wine. This will tick many boxes for pinot fans. Rating 92 - Mike Bennie, Wine Front (26/MAY/2013)

Winery Tasting Notes

Perfume, elegant fruit flavours, and soft ripe tannins are all hallmarks of this exceptional Pinot Noir.


Inspired by the classic wines of Burgundy, this Pinot noir is a tribute to Martinborough’s unique terroir. It will cellar gracefully for up to 10 years. Drink between 2015 - 2020

NZ - Martinborough
Grape Style
Pinot Noir
Closure Type
Cork closure

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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