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Wednesday, July 23, 2014
Jul 23, 2014
Vino Fino

From the Tastings Escarpment

Escarpment With Larry McKenna Read More
Escarpment With Larry McKenna

Great to have Larry back to show us through the current releases. A powerful line-up of wines regarded as some of Martinbough's best.
Larry's depth of knowledge with Pinot Noir and Chardonnay is obvious, going back to the origins of commercial production in New Zealand with them in the 1980s. His contribution to the NZ wine industry was recognised earlier this year with his induction into the New Zealand Wine Hall of Fame at the Easter Show Wine Awards.​ 
It was a priviledge and a pleasure to taste these wines with Larry, and to hear his perspective on them. 


Edge Pinot Gris 2013
The Edge range of wines has been produced to allow Escarpment more flexibility and produced in a style for 'cafe' drinking. This Gris has a lovely,soft, textural feel to it and although dry (5gms), the lowish alcohol (12.6%) means it is not hot on the finish as many can be. Pear/peach fruit flavours.
Retail $19.99 Special $14.99

Escarpment Chardonnay 2011
Now under screw cap, the wine is a shimmering gold colour. Impressions of nuts and orange pith and a generous palate weight. 
Retail $36.99 Special $24.99

Kupe Chardonnay 2012
This is seriously good. As Larry admits, he is looking at a Chardonnay with more finesse these days and although this has been fully barrel fermented in 20% new oak with indigenous yeasts, with 10 months lees aging it does have plenty of elegance. Ripe citrus fruits dominate, with loads of savoury elements bubbling away behind. Any wild, reductive notes are held well in check but this still has plenty going on. Excellent
Retail $59.99 Special $52.99

Edge Pinot Noir 2013
The inky dark colour is an indication to the nature of the 2013 vintage. Blackboy peach, boysenberry fruits with a hint of spice, this is an un-wooded, upfront, fruity style that seems to slide down the palate rather morishly.
Retail $27.99 Special $22.99

Escarpment Pinot Noir 2011
2011 was a low yielding vintage with well ripened fruit but not high alcohol and intriguingly low acids and phs. A combination that gave Pinot Noir with red fruit and floral notes.  
Retail $54.99 Special $39.99

Onto the "Insight" single vineyard wines, all from 2012 vintage, a vintage that could be described as a "get-out-of jail" one. Late cool summer gave way in April to a classic Indian Summer through to the end of vintage. The wines are quite elegant, and will be sleepers. With alcohols of between 12.5% and 12.8% these are no block busters and provide a very "Burgundian" view of Pinot Noir.  

Pahi Pinot Noir  2012​
The Pahi is from fruit grown on the McCreanor Vineyard Princess Street, Martinborough from 25 year old vines. ​ Lighter red fruits with strawberry, cherry flavours. Softly textured and fine, the length of flavour is awesome. This is very Burgundian, and reminiscent of a good Nuits St Georges. 
Retail $71.99 Special $64.99

Kiwa Pinot Noir  2012
The Kiwa is from the Cleland Vineyard Cambridge Street, Martinborough from 25 year old vines. Tighter, with more savoury, darker fruits dried herb ​flavours. Again great length. 
Retail $71.99 Special $64.99

Te Rehua Pinot Noir  2012
Off the Barton Vineyard, Huangarua Road, Martinborough from 21 years old​ vines. Darker again with black cherry and aromatic florals with more density. This plushness is off-set with a dried herb, stalky character and fine tannins coating the palate.
Retail $71.99 Special $64.99

Kupe Pinot Noir  2012
From the home vineyard with the vines planted in 1999. The cool dry vintage and long hang time gives a wine with power and concentration without overt heaviness. This has power and drive through the palate - a mix of red and dark fruits; pure and lovely. 
Retail $92.99 Special $82.99