Escarpment Pinot Noir 2015
This exceptional pinot noir is testament to Escarpment and New Zealand, proving just why the country has achieved such a great winemaking reputation globally. It has a full perfume of rich, dark berry and cherry fruits with subtle notes of liquorice, tar and minerals. Concentrated ripe cherry, luscious red berry, herbs and savoury flavours hit the tastebuds with the perfect amount of acid and super fine tannin to balance out the sweet fruit. This pinot can be enjoyed now, especially combined with grilled lamb fillets. It also has great cellaring potential. 10+ years.
Marvin R. ShankenIntense, fragrant and expressive, with black cherry and dried plum notes that mingle with lavender, black tea and clove accents. A hint of dried porcino lingers on the finish. The tannins aren’t shy, providing a solid backbone for the flavors. Drink now through 2027.
Wine Spectator Insider, 17 May 2017
Gary WalshSpicy and stalky, aniseed, red and black cherries, fresh cut cedar, sage and thyme perfume. Medium bodied, slightly sharp, but boisterous and energetic, with grainy tannin, brisk sappy acidity, and an insistently tannic, positive finish, with grilled meat and sweet and sour flavours carrying on. Good stuff.
The Wine Front, 11 May 2017
Bob Campbell MWThis wine punches above its weight this year, scoring extra points for being deliciously drinkable now and therefore easy to assess with confidence. A supple wine with power and dazzling purity.
The Real Review, 02 May 2017
Raymond ChanDark, deep, black-hued ruby-red colour with slight purple hues and some depth, a little lighter on the rim. This has a full and deep nose packed with aromas of dark-red and black-berried fruits along with a complex amalgam of savoury dark herbs and whole bunch stalk notes, lifted with aromatic fruit and floral elements. This has excellent intensity. Medium-full bodied, the palate has rich, vibrant and well-concentrated flavours of ripe dark-red and black berried fruits along with dark herbs and balanced whole bunch stalk nuances. The mouthfeel is fresh and lively with excellent vitality, and the fruit underlined by fine-grained background tannin structure. This carries to a long, well-concentrated finish, revealing dark raspberry and floral elements. This is a rich, vibrant, sweet dark-red and black fruited Pinot Noir with a fresh mouthfeel and supporting structure, and subtle dark herb and whole bunch complexities. Match with poultry and pork, and roasted red meats over the next 6-7+ years. Multi-clone blend of fruit from Te Muna Road and Martinborough township, indigenous yeast fermented with 50% whole bunches to 13.5% alc., the wine spending 18 days on skins and aged 11 months in 30% new French oak barriques. 18.5/20 Points.
Raymond Chan Wine Reviews, April 2017
World Wine – Intense, dark-fleshed (Black Doris) plums is the most obvious descriptor, but there are many more including liquorice, mixed spice (especially anise and a cardamom), leather, dried herb and the subtle aroma of red rose petals. Firmly structured wine.
Wine Spectator – Intense, fragrant and expressive, with black cherry and dried plum notes that mingle with lavender, black tea and clove accents. A hint of dried porcino lingers on the finish. The tannins aren’t shy, providing a solid backbone for the flavors. Drink now through 2027.
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