Escarpment ‘Pahi’ Pinot Noir 2014

Martinborough | $89

This wine was grown on the McCreanor Vineyard Princess Street, Martinborough from 27 year old vines. A combination of slightly heavier soils and a blend of clones, 10/5, Abel and Clone 5 always rewards us with this particular style; soft, ripe, pure fruit expressions in an exceedingly New World Pinot Noir. It was open topped fermented using indigenous yeasts in traditional wooden cuvees, hand plunged every 12 hours, with a total vat time of 17 days. After pressing it was matured in 30% new French oak barriques for 18 months. It was fined using a minimum of egg whites to protect the flavours and aid brightness in the glass without filtering, promoting soft mouth feel and texture. It will continue to develop for up to 10 years and will always be a wonderful counterpart to any game food.          Escarpment – Tasting Notes

“Dark, deep, even ruby-red colour, a little lighter on the rim with some garnet hues. The nose is elegantly proportioned and tightly concentrated with deep and rich fruit aromas of dark-red berry fruit and black cherries entwined with penetrating dark herbal elements along with fine, whole cluster stalk notes and suggestions of stems, along with nutty oak. Medium-full bodied and fine in presentation, this has real mouthfeel and presence with a packed core of dark red berry fruit melded with dark herbs and floral fragrances. The fruit is underlined by fine-grained, velvety textures and extract, allowing the fruit richness to prevail. The fruit is fresh and has vitality, and flows with great energy and tension to a long, smooth, fine-textured, lingering finish. This is an elegant, but richly concentrated Pinot Noir with concentrated dark fruits and aromatic herbal and floral layers, and a lively, velvety palate. Match with herb-marinated poultry and pork dishes over the next 6-7+ years.” 19/20 Raymond Chan – Wine Reviewer

Escarpment

Martinborough

The Escarpment Vineyard, Martinborough, New Zealand promises some of the very best of tomorrow’s definitive New World Pinot Noir, Pinot Gris and Chardonnay. With respected winemaker Larry McKenna applying his distinctive skill to what he does best – making premium wine – the result is some of New Zealand’s most layered, flavoursome and complex wines.

Escarpment offer three ranges of wine. The Escarpment range, The Insight Series, and The Edge wines.

Escarpment ‘Pahi’ Pinot Noir 2014

Martinborough | $89

$89 inc. GST

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