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Escarpment

This is an elegantly concentrated, refined Pinot Noir with ripe black fruits, florals, liquorice and spice notes, integrated with whole bunch detail and flowery structure.

Raymond Chan

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A combination of slightly heavier soils and a blend of clones gives Escarpment this particular style; soft, ripe, pure fruit expressions in an exceedingly New World Pinot Noir.

This wine was grown on the Pahi Vineyard Princess Street, Martinborough from 28 year old vines. A combination of slightly heavier soils and a blend of clones, 10/5, Abel and Clone 5 always rewards with this particular style; soft, ripe, pure fruit expressions in an exceedingly New World Pinot Noir. Sadly this will be Escarpment’s last Pahi from this site.

Technical analysis

ALCOHOL

13.1 %

pH

3.65

ACIDITY

5.3 g/L

ORIGIN

New Zealand

WINEMAKER

Larry McKenna & Huw Kinch

VARIETY

Pinot Noir

TIME IN OAK

18 months

MALOLACTIC FERMENTATION

Yes

CLOSURE

Screw top

BOTTLE SIZE

75cl

REGION

Martinborough

Vintage conditions

The season was warm and drier than average for this block. 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

Open-top fermented using indigenous yeasts in traditional wooden cuvées, and hand plunged every 12 hours, with a total vat time of 17 days. After pressing it was matured in 30% new French oak barriques for 18 months. It was bottled without fining or filtration to protect the flavours and promote a soft mouth feel and balance.

Awards

Raymond Chan: 19+/20

Green credentials

Member of Sustainable Winegrowing New Zealand.

 

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This is an elegant, but richly concentrated Pinot Noir with concentrated dark fruits and aromatic herbal and floral layers, and a lively, velvety palate.

Raymond Chan

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A combination of slightly heavier soils and a blend of clones gives Escarpment this particular style; soft, ripe, pure fruit expressions in an exceedingly New World Pinot Noir.

From 27 year old vines, this is a deep red with ruby tones. Anise and herbs on the nose with raspberry and a hint of fresh dill. Broad, sweet and fine-grained, with enticing red cherry fruit, spices, earth and minerals. This is generous, expressive Pinot Noir.

Technical analysis

ALCOHOL

13.4 %

pH

3.61

ACIDITY

5.2 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 cuvées, hand plunged every 12 hours, with a total vat time of 17 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

Stephen Tanzer: 90+ pts
Raymond Chan: 19/20

Green credentials

Member of Sustainable Winegrowing New Zealand.

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