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Wine Advocate reviews

The Wine Advocate has released its reviews of new vintages of Mollydooker and Escarpment wines, with some good scores awarded to both estates:

Mollydooker Velvet Glove 2017 – 94 points
Distinctive, featuring a ripe, plush, creamy core of raspberry coulis and maraschino cherry flavours, with sophisticated notes of dark chocolate, rosemary and cigar box lingering in the background, showing some restraint. In the end, this delivers plenty of harmony on the long, lush and velvety finish.

Mollydooker Carnival of Love 2017 – 93 points
Juicy, soft and plush flavours of root beer–scented cherry and raspberry are spicy and a touch candied, but very generous, showing off caramel and sandalwood accents. Smooth and supple through the long finish, this is impressive for the complexity and focus.

Escarpment Te Rehua Pinot Noir 2017 – 93+ points
From a vineyard planted 30 years ago to a mix of clones, the 2017 Te Rehua Pinot Noir is one of the stars of a difficult vintage. It follows McKenna’s recent strategy of including a large proportion of stems, but it balances that element with ripe, black-cherry flavours. It’s medium to full-bodied, rich and concentrated, with firm but velvet-coated tannins and a long, long finish.

Escarpment Kupe Pinot Noir 2017 – 93 points
Made from own-rooted Abel Clone fruit grown near the winery off Te Muna Road, the 2017 Kupe Pinot Noir boasts the lowest alcohol level (12.5%) I recall seeing on an Escarpment Pinot Noir. It’s done a great job integrating the 70% whole-bunch fermentation, leaving behind spicy, black cherrylaced aromas and flavours. Despite the modest alcohol, it’s full-bodied, plush and rich, with a long finish and complex herb and spice shadings.

Escarpment Pinot Noir 2017 – 90 points
Mainly picked between the two serious rains that fell on Martinborough during the vintage, the 2017 Pinot Noir is a medium-bodied, firm wine. Herbal notes accent plum and cherry fruit in a wine that’s still structured and concentrated despite the challenges of the year.

We currently have stock of the 2016 vintages of most of these wines, although the 2017s are on the water!