Escarpment Pinot Noir 2008
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.
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