96 POINTS | Steve Bennett MW, NZ Wine Rater
94 POINTS | Cameron Douglas MS
The Escarpment Single Vineyard series allows individual vineyard expression from exceptional sites within Martinborough. These wines are produced in tiny quantities are we are delighted to be able to offer our customers the chance to buy them. They are undoubtedly some of the finest, and most individual Pinot Noirs ever produced in NZ.
Hand harvested fruit from 28 year old vines make this Pinot Noir a beautiful glass. Dark cherry and plum characters with a magical complexity and texture that gives an overall softness throughout. As well as drinking superbly now, cellar a bottle and you'll be rewarded.
Steve Bennett MW, NZ Wine Rater writes "An intense, complex, layered bouquet that nods towards Burgundy as a benchmark. There's a lot of savoury smoky oak at this youthful stage but with air in the glass heady aromas of black cherry, centurion roses, coffee grinds and bacon fat emerge. Massively structured, concentrated and dramatically tannic but with a core of opulent fruit and superb length. It will be important to give this wine the bottle age it deserves."
The winery writes "It has a unique site derived complexity and texture combined with black cherry/plum fruit flavours. The inclusion of stems gives the wine aromatic lift and the firm tannins are a hallmark of this block. It will continue to develop for up to 15 years and will always be a wonderful counterpart to any game food."