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Raymond Chan scores 2016 Escarpment vintage highly

Escarpment’s 2016 Pinot Noirs have all been rated highly by Raymond Chan in his latest review, with 2016 Kupe receiving 19.5/20. Chan describes Escarpment Pinots as, ‘among the most important of their variety in New Zealand, and […] generally regarded as world-class in stature’ – we couldn’t agree more!

2016 Pinot Noir: 19-/20
Very dark, black-hued ruby-red colour with purple hues, a little lighter on the edge. The nose is full, firm and solidly packed with deeply concentrated aromas of ripe black cherry and black berried fruits. The aromatics grow in depth, intensity and penetration and unfold notes of black herbs, nuances of whole bunch stalk perfumes and black minerals. This has freshness and vitality. Medium-full bodied, the palate has succulently rich and sweet flavours of ripe dark-red and black cherry and berry fruit entwined with a soft layer of dark herbs, subtle whole bunch stalk nuances, unfolding dark-red and violet florals. The fruit is vibrant and vigorous, and the sweetness is underlined by fine-grained tannin structure, with bright, lacy acidity enlivening the mouthfeel. Some raspberry liqueur notes emerge, and the wine carries with plenty of energy to a long and flavoursome finish.

2016 Kiwa Pinot Noir: 19/20
Dark, deep, ruby-red colour, a little lighter on the rim with slight garnet hues. The nose is elegant and harmonious in presentation and proportion with near-ethereal, interwoven aromas of ripe, savoury dark-red berry fruit along with notes of blackberries melded with piquant dark herbs, some whole bunch stalk nuances, and nutty, cedary oak suggestions. This has finesse and integration, with real depth, and unfolds a little raspberry liqueur with aeration. Medium-bodied, the palate has a refined and tightly concentrated core of ripe, savoury dark-red berry fruit intermixed with a layering of spices, cedar and earth, and subtle dark and dried herb detail, and nuances of whole bunch stalk and nutty oak complexities. The flavours form a fine-grained, well-concentrated core with fine, powdery tannin extraction providing structure and grip. The acidity is soft and integrated, and the wine has excellent linearity, carrying to a very long and sustained, rich, savoury and spicy finish.

2016 Te Rehua Pinot Noir: 19/20
Even, dark ruby-red colour, a little lighter on the rim. The nose is fine in proportion with fragrant aromas of lifted dark-red cherry and berry fruit entwined with dark-red and violet florals, alongside subtle notes of fresh and dark herbs, some whole bunch stalk notes, and aromatic oak. This has excellent fruit focus and expression with vitality and a concentrated core. Medium-full bodied, the palate has rich, sweet and lively, vibrant fruit flavours of dark-red berry fruit interwoven with an amalgam of fresh and dark herbs, whole bunch stalk suggestions, and violet florals. The mouthfeel is energetic and the fruit is supported by fine, grainy structure and grip, and the fruit is enlivened by fresh acidity. The flavours are up-front and carry to a full-flavoured finish.

2016 Kupe Pinot Noir: 19.5/20
Full, dark ruby-red colour with slight purple hues, lighter on the edge. The nose is softly full and refined in expression with excellent depth and concentration, opening seamlessly in volume, showing ripe black cherry and berry fruit entwined with an amalgam of dark herbs, whole bunch stalk elements and black minerals. The nose unfolds nuances of spices and violet florals with aeration. Full-bodied, the palate has powerful and intense, deeply concentrated and mouthfilling flavours of succulently sweet and rich, ripe black cherries and blackberries, intermingling with black minerals, subtle notes of dark herbs and nuances of whole bunch stalk perfumes. The fruit is complexed by spice and floral detail, and is balanced by fine-grained tannin structure with bright acidity providing plenty of energy and tension.

To read the full review please visit Raymond Chan’s website. Limited stocks are available, with the exception of 2016 Kupe Pinot Noir which is sadly already sold out – please enquire for further details.