Escarpment Chardonnay


for the equivalent of £16.25 a bottle

Grower: Escarpment
Grape Variety: Chardonnay
Style: Vibrant and Savoury
Country: New Zealand
Appellation: Martinborough
Vintage: 2019/20
Closure: STELVIN
Alcohol: 13% ABV
Bottle Size: 75cl

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Bright, even straw-yellow colour with slight lemon-green hues. The bouquet is firm and tightly concentrated with robust aromas of white stone fruits melded with layers of gunflint and minerally lees, along with nutty oak and aldehyde elements. The aromatics and complexity grow in breadth and depth. The palate is rich and fulsome with robustly mouth-filling and deep flavours of white stone fruits entwined with nutty oak, flinty lees along with subtle brioche detail. The fruit is enlivened by a fresh, vibrant acidity and the wine flows with power along a fine-textured line, leading to a thirst-quenching vibrant and sustained finish with nutty nuances.

The Escarpment winery and vineyards are sited above a steep cliff carved by the Huarangarua River over thousands of years. The vineyards are overlooked by the Aorangi Ranges. As legend would tell, Maori navigator Kupe abandoned three canoes there after discovering the land now known as New Zealand. The upturned canoe shapes are clearly visible on the skyline high above the winery. Resting on 60 acres of alluvial gravel in the expansive Te Muna Valley hear Martinborough this is really a magical place. Te Muna translates from the Maori language as ‘special place or ‘secret’. Escarpment Vineyard Martinborough Limited is a joint venture between Larry and Sue McKenna of Martinborough, and Robert and Mem Kirby of Australia ( who also own Yabby Lake in the Mornington Peninsula of Australia and most notably, Village Roadshow Productions). The company’s vineyards provide 70 percent of Escarpment’s grape supply. The winery buildings are modest and inauspicious, standing watch on the renowned Martinborough River Terraces and overlooking the river itself. The barrel room is tucked underground and enjoys cool and humid conditions below its grassy roof.



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