Escarpment Pahi Pinot Noir 2015

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The Wine Front – Grown on the Pahi vineyard, Princess St, Martinborough. 28 year old vines. 30% new oak. 50% whole bunch. Press release says this is the last Pahi, with a 30 year relationship closing with the passing of the vineyard owner. Dark cherry, liquorice root, liberal spice, a dried flower perfume, some vanilla too. Medium bodied, dense and minerally tannin, a little roast meat and dried herb, beautiful dark fruit, precise and clean acidity, and a perfumed, dried herb strewn finish of superb length. A wonderful swansong.

About This Wine

Grown from 30 year old vines and hand plunged every 12 hours this wine was made to be explored and enjoyed over several hours with good friends and great conversation. Ferrous tannins drive this concentrated Pahi Pinot Noir. This old world style of pinot noir will continue to develop for up to 10 years.

Type Red Wine
Varietal(s) Pinot Noir
Country New Zealand
Region Marlborough
Brand Escarpment
Vintage 2015

Wines of Marlborough

Marlborough is at the northern tip of New Zealand’s South Island and is the leading region in the country, being responsible for 75% of NZ’s wine production and 85% of its exports. Marlborough is internationally renowned for its distinctive style of Sauvignon Blanc, described by some wine writers such as Oz Clarke and George Taber as the best in the world. Australia being such a close neighbour, we get a great number of brands imported into the country.

Sauvignon Blanc in Marlborough is grown on well-draining alluvial gravels, with large temperature fluctuations between day and night. These conditions are great for growing grapes that strike a perfect balance between ripeness and acidity. The result is sauvignon blanc that is aromatic, driven by tropical fruit flavours but also supported by an herbaceous and mineral character. Aussies often described Marlborough Savvy Blanc as full of passionfruit flavour.

Despite many consumers having an idea of what Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc is, the wine is actually made in a wide range of different styles. Wine makers take advantage of different clones, fermentation styles, lees-stirring and aging regimens to give their wines nuance and differentiate their brand from one another. You may have had sauvignon blanc from Marlborough before, but it is always worth exploring some not so commercial brands if it is a style you enjoy.

Other varieties that are produced in the region include Chardonnay, Pinot Noir and Pinot Gris.

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