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Escarpment

This has power and drive and the concentrated core carries to a long, nutty finish.

Raymond Chan

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Escarpment's single vineyard Kupe Chardonnay is grown on the Martinborough Terraces’ free-draining alluvial gravel soils.

Showing ripe but restrained fruit, intelligent use of oak and a flinty mineral backbone Kupe Chardonnay is at the pinnacle of the style in New Zealand.

Technical analysis

ALCOHOL

13.2 %

pH

3.15

ACIDITY

7.1 g/L

ORIGIN

New Zealand

WINEMAKER

Larry McKenna

VARIETY

Chardonnay

HARVEST DATE

March 2014

BOTTLED DATE

September 2015

FINED USING

Milk

TIME IN OAK

10 months

SULPHUR

Total: 85 Free: 10

MALOLACTIC FERMENTATION

Partial

CLOSURE

Screw top

BOTTLE SIZE

75cl

REGION

Martinborough

Vintage conditions

The 2014 season was an ideal, typical Martinborough summer and gave perfectly ripe fruit.

Vinification details

Hand harvested and whole bunch pressed, the wine was barrel fermented using indigenous yeast in 20% new oak and aged on its fermentation lees for 10 months before bottling.

Awards

Raymond Chan: 18.5
JancisRobinson.com: 17
eRobertParker.com: 92+ pts

Green credentials

Member of Sustainable Winegrowing New Zealand.

 

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