Escarpment Noir


for the equivalent of £17.25 a bottle

Grower: Escarpment
Grape Variety: Pinot Noir
Style: Ripe and Vibrant
Country: New Zealand
Appellation: Martinborough
Vintage: 2020/21
Closure: STELVIN
Alcohol: 13.5% ABV
Bottle Size: 75cl

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Dark, deep, black-purple hued ruby-red colour. The bouquet is softly full and gently voluminous with aromas of dark-red cherry and berry fruit with a complex amalgam of savoury dark herbs, violet florals, nutty and mineral elements at the core. This has good depth and unveils suggestions of pepper and black plums. The palate has sweet and juicy fruit with flavours of bitter dark-red and black cherries entwined with dark herbs and savoury plums at the core. The fruit balances primary floral lift with savoury herbs. The palate is enlivened by bright and fresh vibrant acidity and textured fruit tannins that provide plenty of mouthfeel and presence. The wine carries to a lingering, dry-textured finish.

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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