About This Wine...
“epic Pinot Noir” Tomas Clancy, the Sunday Business Post, top five reds, 26th November 2017
Red choice for your Christmas turkey, the Sunday Business Post, 17th December 2017
‘In a superb insight into the Beatles writer Damien Owens said “if I had to explain the Beatles to aliens I’d play While My Guitar Gently Weeps and tell them this was written by their third best song writer.” I feel the same about this exceptionally well made, opulent, complex, chewy, super ripe Pinot form New Zealand’s third best red wine region. That’s how strong New Zealand’s wine cards are right now.’ Tomás Clancy on the 2010 vintage. The Sunday Business Post, 29th January 2017.
We visited the majority of wineries in Martinborough in February 2012 and were bowled over by the intensity and excellence of the wines we have listed. Larry McKenna, director and winemaker, commonly known as ‘McPinot’ is a legend with a solid reputation for getting the best out of Pinot Noir. The soil around Escarpment is deep alluvial and the planting of vines is high density. High leaf to fruit ratio, combined with warm, dry summers, produce wines of exceptional power and style. Three of the Escarpment wines are listed amongst July 2012 Decanter Magazine’s Top 10 New Zealand Pinot Noirs.
Wine Maker’s Notes
The Escarpment “Insight Series” allows individual vineyard expression from exceptional sites within the Martinborough Geographic Indication. This wine was grown on the Barton Vineyard, Huangarua Road, Martinborough from vines over 21 years old. A combination of deep alluvial gravels which the Martinborough Terraces are renowned for and a blend of many clones grown in a very sheltered spot always rewards us with a classic example of New World Pinot Noir.