Winery notes (2018 Vintage)
"Perfume, elegant fruit flavours, and soft ripe tannins are all hallmarks of this exceptional Pinot Noir. A typical Martinborough summer has created 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.
he fruit was hand harvested, then gently handled without pumping until it was pressed. Hand plunged every 12 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 25% were new, for 11 months. Inspired by the classic wines of Burgundy, this Pinot Noir is a tribute to Martinborough’s unique terroir. It will cellar gracefully for up to 10 years."
91/100 Bob Campbell MW, The Real Review, February 2020 (2018 Vintage)
"A step up in concentration from the entry level Noir but with similar tobacco, cherry, toast, dried herb, floral and spice flavours. Subtle fruit sweetness is balanced by suede-like tannins."
Reviews for the 2017 vintage below…
5 Stars & 94/100 Sam Kim, Wine Orbit, April 2019 (2017 Vintage)
"The wine is gorgeously expressed on the nose showing ripe strawberry, cherry, mixed spice, cedar and floral characters. The palate delivers excellent weight and vibrant fruit intensity, wonderfully supported by fine texture and polished tannins. Beautifully poised and styled. At its best: now to 2024."
94/100 James Suckling, August 2019 (2017 Vintage)
"This has a very rich, ripe and attractive feel with innate depth that arrives by means of the region, experience and methods in play here. The dark and red cherries and plums are beautifully fresh and vibrant and framed in earthy, sappy notes that add complexity. The palate is intense yet plush. The rich dark cherries are cleverly captured and wrapped in reassuringly long, smooth tannins. Lots to like here! Drink or hold. Screw cap."
93/100 Wine Enthusiast, November 2019 (2017 Vintage)
"Winemaker Larry McKenna is known as the King of Pinot Noir in the Wairarapa-Martinborough region and this wine, as well as his single vineyards, clearly demonstrates why. Highly perfumed and spicy, it's a heady combo of bright red berries, greengage plums, cloves, cedar and a streak of minerality like morning sun warming stones. On the palate, tannins are powdery and fine, slinking around crunchy red berries. This is a tightrope walk of elegance and purity, delicacy and power."