Escarpment Noir Pinot Noir 2019
- Medium bodied
If you know, you know. Martinborough pinot noir stands tall next to its Burgundian peers as some of the best in the world. Period. Based along the banks of the Huangarua River, the soils of the Escarpment vineyards are all alluvial loam, which compliments the lower rainfall and cooler climate of the region to enhance the ripening period for the vines. That might be a bit of mumble jumble to you mofo, so all you really need to know is that we’re dealing with distinguished fruit, resulting in a distinguished wine.
It’s structured is finessed, with a taught crunch of acid and tannin sitting harmoniously alongside the fruit characters. There’s black cherry that greets you at first, magically lifting to red cherries the longer it persists on your tongue, and persist it does. Gentle spice from the 11 months in barrel give this wine buoyancy to stand up to a variety of foods. Do you need any more convincing this is the pinot you should be drinking?
“A very rich and fresh rendition of Martinborough pinot noir that has such intense red and dark-cherry aromas, as well as sappy and spicy notes and subtle oak influence. The palate has deep flavors that extend along fresh, crunchy tannins and bright acidity holding the finish on a deliciously tart edge. Drink now. Screw cap.”
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Anyone who's ever tried Martinborough pinot noir will shout its praises from the rooftop... at least, anyone who's not a Marlborough diehard. There seems to be a nice rivalry in the pinot stakes between the two regions, with Martinborough producing more structural (some would say "Burgundian") styles, as opposed to Marlborough's fruity flavour fests. If you see one, nab it. Also keep an eye out for the aromatic whites.