Martinborough is at the southern tip of New Zealand's North Island. A cool area, ideal for Pinot, first made famous by Larry McKenna when at Martinborough Vineyards, and Clive Paton at Ata Rangi. The other key to the area is the high gravel content in the soil.
100% Pinot Noir, aged in French oak (30% new) for 11 months.
Now - 2016.
Escarpment is owned and run by Larry McKenna, dubbed 'The Prince of Pinot'. All his wines are made with intelligence and sensitivity. The grapes are treated with rare tenderness - hand-picked, moved at every stage without the use of pumps, hand-plunged for extraction. It's a labour-intensive business making great Pinot Noir but Larry wouldn't dream of doing it any other way.
Pinot-lovers will have no trouble finding something (anything) to drink with this. Maybe the perfect match might be guinea fowl with morel mushrooms.