Escarpment Pinot Noir

Escarpment Pinot Noir

Martinborough, New Zealand

At this price level Burgundy really cannot compete. Yes there is more ripeness and fruit than in the Burgundian equivalent, but surely that can only be a good thing – especially when the ripeness is so under-stated and the fruit so fine.”

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MWS: 94

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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.

Grape Variety

100% Pinot Noir, aged in French oak (30% new) for 11 months.

Alcohol Percentage


Cellar Potential

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.

Food Match

Pinot-lovers will have no trouble finding something (anything) to drink with this. Maybe the perfect match might be guinea fowl with morel mushrooms.

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