|Our Price: $74.99 / bottle (RRP: $90.00)||Case: 6 x 750 ml|
This is the eleventh release from The Escarpment Vineyard's close planted vineyard on Te Muna Road, Martinborough.
The vines which have grown this wine have been our pride and joy since being planted in 1999. The spacing of 1.5m * 1m (6,600 vines/ha) is approaching the planting densities used in Burgundy from where the inspiration for this wine comes. The season was warm and drier than average for this block. It has created fruit harvested in brilliant condition giving ripe avours and soft tannins. The summer was as good as the inspirational 2013 vintage.
Fermented in wooden French cuvees, hand plunged and aged in 50% new French oak barriques for 18 months. It was bottled without ning or ltration, promoting soft mouth feel and balance.
The wine was given every priority during its elevation and now shows
all the hallmarks of a grand young wine on release in 2017. It is at the vanguard of Pinot noir style in the New World and should age gracefully for up to 10 years. The wine is a true re ection of both Martinborough's unique terroir and the skills and experience of winemakers Larry McKenna and Huw Kinch.
'Dense, intense and quite powerful pinot noir, with a core of sweet fruit balanced by moderately rustic tannins to give a drying and lengthy finish. Dark fruits with savoury, dried herb characters adding extra complexity. An heroic pinot noir that needs time to reveal its true potential.'
96 Points - Bob Campbell
'Kupe comes from Escarpments home turf over on Te Muna Road. Close planted in 1999. 50% new oak. 70% whole bunch.
Dark cherry, aniseed, earth, spicy cinnamon oak on show, plenty of spice. Medium bodied, but firmly tannic, with a black tea character, 'minerality' aplenty, ginger biscuit, intense and driving, with serious length leaving a fan of tannin in its wake. Needs at least three years in bottle. Serious stuff.'
95+ Points - Gary Walsh
19.5/20 Raymond Chan