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Larry McKenna

Escarpment Pinot Noir 2015

  • Alcohol by volume: 13.5%
  • Total acid: 5.5g/L
  • pH: 3.57
  • Residual sugar: <1g/L
  • Total dry extract: 28g/L
  • Closure: Stelvin screw cap
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Perfume, elegant fruit avours, and soft ripe tannins are all hallmarks of this exceptional Pinot Noir.

Perfect weather in Martinborough during owering in December 2014 resulted in an ideal crop which did not require thinning.

An exceptional, warm dry summer followed creating the distinctive Escarpment style showing complexity, attractive texture and the perfect mix of black, red and green fruit avours for which Pinot Noir is celebrated. The fruit was hand harvested, fermented using indigenous yeasts then gently handled without pumping until it was pressed. Hand plunged every 12 hours then left to macerate on skins for an average vat time of 18 days. It has been aged completely in French oak barriques, of which 30% were new, for 11 months.
Inspired by the classic wines of Burgundy, this Pinot Noir is a tribute to Martinborough’s unique terroir. It will cellar gracefully for up to 10 years.

 

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REVIEWS AND AWARDS

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Escarpment Pinot Noir 2014
Raymond Chan 18.5/20
Bob Campbell 92/100
Stephen Tanzer 89/100
Burghound 91/100

Escarpment Pinot Noir 2013
Raymond Chan 18.5+/20
Bob Campbell 95/100
Rebecca Gibb 18/20
James Suckling 95/100
Wine Spectator 93/100
Robert Parker 90/100

Escarpment Pinot Noir 2012
Raymond Chan 18+/20
Bob Campbell 93/100
Rebecca Gibb 17.5/20
James Suckling 92/100

Escarpment Pinot Noir 2011
Gourmet Traveller 95/100
Raymond Chan 18.5-/20
Bob Campbell 5 stars
Robert Parker 90+/100

Escarpment Pinot Noir 2010
Gourmet Traveller 93/100
Raymond Chan 18.5+/20
Bob Campbell 4.5 stars
James Suckling 91/100

Escarpment Pinot Noir 2009
Raymond Chan 18.5-/20
Bob Campbell 5 stars
Wine Anorak 92/100

VINTAGE CHART

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2019-2024

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