Escarpment – Tasting at Escarpment

2010 Escarpment Chardonnay Martinborough

The nose here is quite savory, starting off with some gentle toast notes and a fine edge of fresh nuttiness, reminding me of pignoli. There is some aromatic butcher’s wax and a hint of pollen that accents the dry, soft, peachy fruit on the nose. This is very light on the palate, showing an early bit of nuttiness and a stony texture under the cut orchard pie fruits. This is youthful, almost a bit mean, but is remarkably clear and pure with a long, lemon pith/lemon oil note on the chalky, almost dry woody finish. I could drink this all night. 91pts

Ata Rangi – Tasting at Ata Rangi

2009 Ata Rangi Chardonnay Martinborough

Wild yeast and old barrel nose with a bit of almond and rich, toasty aromas layered over smoky, earthy dried orchard fruits. This is rich and powerful in the mouth but remains fresh with a fine acid backbone. The flavors are decidedly old school. The fruit is rather delicate here, playing second fiddle to the fairly prominent oak notes which are intense but neither sweet nor weighty. This finishes with more earthy, toasty notes and a dusting of tannic mouthgrab. 88pts