Escarpment Pinot Noir 2008

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One of New Zealand’s most famous winemakers, Larry McKenna is the man behind Escarpment. Larry’s name goes hand-in-hand with the best quality Pinot Noir from New Zealand. Escarpment is registered as a Sustainable NZ producer and is currently following a 5 year plan to become organically certified. The vineyards are sited above a natural escarpment above the Huarangarua River on ancient gravels. Overlooking them are the Aorangi Ranges where Maori legend has it that the Polynesian voyager Kupe abandoned 3 canoes - hence the shape. Kupe’s image is on the label. After 21 years winemaking experience in Martinborough, Larry believes it is time to start defining the terroir of the Martinborough geographic region with a range of single vineyard wines. The first examples from the 2006 vintage were Te Rehua, Moana and Voyager (now called Kiwa and Pahi respectively) which joined the third release of Kupe as exemplary examples of site specific Martinborough Pinot Noirs all exhibiting distinct characteristics. These are wines that provide tremendous interest and enlightenment for the serious Pinotphile.

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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
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Coconut Rice Sweet Potato Cheesecake

RiceSelect's creamy Arborio gets blended with sweet potato, coconut milk and vanilla to create this decadent cheesecake. Pairs well with Saunternes; a white dessert wine that has hints of coconut from aging in oak barrels.

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Snooth User: Stunner97
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3.50 5
02/11/2010

Brand new to my local wine store and a very fair price I thought I would give it a whirl. Very light red almost transparent in color they typical pinot in appearance, raspberries and strawberries jump out of the nose with a hint of cream enjoyable nose, the flavor is nice and enjoyable, it started of being what I thought was going to be light and then really built up a bit, faint berries with a touch of whip cream, has just a nice little pinch of spice and pepper at the back end, good balance with a respectable finish, overall a pretty decent wine though at a point the mid palate may be a little hollow but very serviceable at the price point


External Reviews for Escarpment Pinot Noir

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Source: JJ Buckley Fine Wines
01/29/2010

A Pinot Noir wine from Wairarapa in New Zealand. 2008 Escarpment Over the Edge Pinot Noir 750ml



One of New Zealand’s most famous winemakers, Larry McKenna is the man behind Escarpment. Larry’s name goes hand-in-hand with the best quality Pinot Noir from New Zealand. Escarpment is registered as a Sustainable NZ producer and is currently following a 5 year plan to become organically certified. The vineyards are sited above a natural escarpment above the Huarangarua River on ancient gravels. Overlooking them are the Aorangi Ranges where Maori legend has it that the Polynesian voyager Kupe abandoned 3 canoes - hence the shape. Kupe’s image is on the label. After 21 years winemaking experience in Martinborough, Larry believes it is time to start defining the terroir of the Martinborough geographic region with a range of single vineyard wines. The first examples from the 2006 vintage were Te Rehua, Moana and Voyager (now called Kiwa and Pahi respectively) which joined the third release of Kupe as exemplary examples of site specific Martinborough Pinot Noirs all exhibiting distinct characteristics. These are wines that provide tremendous interest and enlightenment for the serious Pinotphile.

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