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Escarpment Chardonnay 2008

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100% grown from Escarpment’s Te Muna Road site in what can be considered a remarkable year for the variety. The season allowed fruit to ripen wonderfully, producing powerful opulent flavours and a flinty mineral backbone which combine beautifully with barrel fermentation to create Burgundian inspired Chardonnay. Flavours are reminiscent of white stone fruit with delightful soft texture ensuring a long commanding finish. Complete malolactic fermentation and lees stirring has enhanced the texture, complexity and mouth feel allowing it to match most entrée dishes and kaimoana. It is an accurate reflection of Martinborough’s unique terroir. Cellar for up to five years or more, successfully.

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Color: White
Varietal: Chardonnay
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Escarpment Vineyard:
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. Situated just 5 kilometres east o... Read more
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. Situated just 5 kilometres east of Martinborough village (see map), Escarpment's 24 hectares of distinctive alluvial gravel, terraced land stretches out along the banks of the Huangarua River. Overlooking the vineyard are the Aorangi Ranges, the very hills made famous by Kupe the great Polynesian voyager who discovered New Zealand, according to Maori legend. Kupe left his three canoes, Nga Waka, on top of the range, giving rise to the now familiar landmark of the district, the three flat-topped hills on top of the range, which resemble unturned canoes. This warrior and his story provide the inspiration for the vineyard's distinctive brand and logo. Escarpment's aim is simple: to continually produce the very best of tomorrow's definitive New World wines. "Complexity" "texture" and "structure" are key words (and motivators). Under Larry's leadership the team aims to reward wine lovers with progressive and suggestive wines that encourage them to venture to the edge of wine loving and appreciation. Read less

100% grown from Escarpment’s Te Muna Road site in what can be considered a remarkable year for the variety. The season allowed fruit to ripen wonderfully, producing powerful opulent flavours and a flinty mineral backbone which combine beautifully with barrel fermentation to create Burgundian inspired Chardonnay. Flavours are reminiscent of white stone fruit with delightful soft texture ensuring a long commanding finish. Complete malolactic fermentation and lees stirring has enhanced the texture, complexity and mouth feel allowing it to match most entrée dishes and kaimoana. It is an accurate reflection of Martinborough’s unique terroir. Cellar for up to five years or more, successfully.

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