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Escarpment

This is a complex, savoury black-fruited Pinot Noir with earth, whole bunch and herbal complexities on a well-structured and textural palate.

Raymond Chan

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Escarpment's Kiwa Pinot is a savoury, complex, spicy wine, thanks to a combination of the alluvial gravels of Martinborough and a specific blend of clones.

Grapes for this wine were grown on the Cleland Vineyard Cambridge Street, Martinborough from 28-year-old vines. A combination of deep alluvial gravels which the Martinborough Terraces are renowned for and a blend of Clones UCD 5, 6 and 13 always rewards with savoury, complex, spicy wine.

Technical analysis

ALCOHOL

13.4 %

pH

3.60

ACIDITY

5.2 g/L

ORIGIN

New Zealand

WINEMAKER

Larry McKenna

VARIETY

Pinot Noir

HARVEST DATE

April 2015

FINED USING

Egg

TIME IN OAK

18 months

MALOLACTIC FERMENTATION

Yes

CLOSURE

Screw top

BOTTLE SIZE

75cl

REGION

Martinborough

Vintage conditions

Perfect weather in Martinborough during flowering in December 2014 resulted in an ideal crop which did not require thinning.

Vinification details

This was open topped fermented using indigenous yeasts in traditional wooden cuves and hand plunged every 12 hours, with a total vat time of 21 days. After pressing it was matured in 40% new French oak barriques for 18 months. It was fined using a minimum of egg whites to protect the flavours and aid brightness in the glass without filtering, promoting soft mouth feel and texture.

Awards

Raymond Chan: 19/20
Wine Spectator: 94 pts

Green credentials

Member of Sustainable Winegrowing New Zealand.

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This is an elegant, silky smooth, exotic Pinot Noir with red fruits complexed by spices, herbs and cedar.

Raymond Chan

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Escarpment's Kiwa Pinot is a savoury, complex, spicy wine, thanks to a combination of the alluvial gravels of Martinborough and a specific blend of clones.

Dark, ruby-red in colour, a little lighter on edge with slight garnet hues. This has a very full and gently voluminous nose unfolding layers of dark red berry fruits entwined with waves of dried herbs, spices and nuances of cedar. Medium-bodied, the palate features rich and lusciously sweet red berry fruit flavours.

Technical analysis

ALCOHOL

13.0 %

pH

3.54

ACIDITY

5.5 g/L

ORIGIN

New Zealand

WINEMAKER

Larry McKenna

VARIETY

Pinot Noir

HARVEST DATE

March 2014

FINED USING

Egg

TIME IN OAK

18 months

SULPHUR

Total: 80 Free: 20

MALOLACTIC FERMENTATION

Yes

CLOSURE

Cork

BOTTLE SIZE

75cl

REGION

Martinborough

Vintage conditions

The season was warm and drier than average. It has created fruit harvested in brilliant condition giving ripe flavours and soft tannins. The summer was as good as the inspirational 2013 vintage.

Vinification details

This was open topped fermented using indigenous yeasts in traditional wooden cuves and hand plunged every 12 hours, with a total vat time of 21 days. After pressing it was matured in 30% new French oak barriques for 18 months. It was fined using a minimum of egg whites to protect the flavours and aid brightness in the glass without filtering, promoting soft mouth feel and texture.

Awards

Raymond Chan: 19/20
JancisRobinson.com: 17+

Green credentials

Member of Sustainable Winegrowing New Zealand.

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