Escarpment - Pinot Noir 2012 - Elegant Fruit Falvours 75cl Bottle


Escarpment - Pinot Noir 2012
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Perfume, elegant fruit flavours, and soft ripe tannins are all hallmarks of this exceptional Pinot Noir.

It will cellar gracefully for up to 10 years.

Perfect weather in Martinborough during flowering in December 2008 resulted in an ideal crop. A normal warm dry summer followed creating the distinctive Escarpment style showing complexity, attractive texture and the perfect mix of black, red and green fruit flavours for which Pinot Noir is celebrated. The fruit was hand harvested, then gently handled without pumping until it was pressed. Hand plunged every 8 hours then left to macerate on skins for an average vat time of 18 days. It has been aged completely in French oak barriques, of which 30% were new, for 11 months.

The Escarpment vineyard is planted on alluvial gravel terraces at the foot of the Aorangi mountains. There, the legends tell us, the Maori navigator Kupe abandoned three canoes after discovering the new land that his wife called Aotearoa and we now know as New Zealand. Kupe's image features on our label and his pioneering journeys inspire our winemaking. Escarpment is a partnership between the Kirby and McKenna families.

Category(s):     Red Wine

Producer: Escarpment   -
Brand:   Escarpment
Food Match:   Pork
Grape Type:   Pinot Noir
Region:   Martinborough
Vintage:   2012


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Producer Information

Larry McKenna - otherwise known as Larry McPinot is the man behind Escarpment. His name goes hand-in-hand with the best quality Pinot Noir from New Zealand. Escarpment is registered as a Sustainable NZ producer and is currently following a 5 year plan to become organically certified.
The vineyards are sited above a natural escarpment above the Huarangarua River on ancient gravels. Overlooking them are the Aorangi Ranges where Maori legend has it that the Polynesian voyager Kupe abandoned 3 canoes. The upturned canoes are still clearly visible, silhouetted along the top of the ridge and Kupe' s silhouette takes pride of place on every Escarpment label.
After 21 years winemaking experience in Martinborough, Larry is now defining the terroir of the Martinborough geographic region with his exciting range of single vineyard wines.
In his understated way, Larry has advised 'I was awarded the George Fistonich medal by the NZ International Wine Show. It's one of those life time achievement things you get when you have been around too long.'
he soils of the vineyard are alluvial loams that were formed by the Huangarua River over 20,000 years ago. With very deep alluvial gravels now layered over the loams this composition ensures exceptional drainage, one of the key prerequisites for nurturing and producing premium quality, healthy grape vines. The climate is cool with summer days rarely exceeding 30 degrees centigrade. This allows the grapes to ripen slowly and to develop pure, powerful fruit characters with finely textured tannins. The rainfall is the lowest in the North Island with very stable weather patterns during the all important harvest period.
One of New Zealand's most famous winemakers, Larry McKenna is the man behind Escarpment. Larry's name goes hand in hand with the best quality Pinot Noir from New Zealand.

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