Larry McKenna – otherwise known as Larry McPinot – is the man behind Escarpment. His name goes hand-in-hand with the best quality Pinot Noir from New Zealand. Escarpment is registered as a Sustainable NZ producer and is currently following a 5 year plan to become organically certified.
The vineyards are sited above a natural escarpment sitting above the Huarangarua River on ancient gravels. Overlooking them are the Aorangi Ranges where Maori legend has it that the Polynesian voyager Kupe abandoned 3 canoes. The upturned canoes are still clearly visible, silhouetted along the top of the ridge, and Kupe’s image takes pride of place on every Escarpment label.
After 21 years’ winemaking experience in Martinborough, Larry is now recognised as defining the terroir of the region with his exciting range of single vineyard wines. In his understated way, Larry told us, ‘I was awarded the George Fistonich medal by the NZ International Wine Show. It’s one of those lifetime achievement things you get when you have been around too long.’
“…A profound Pinot Noir. A triumph not only for Escarpment and Larry McKenna, but for New Zealand Pinot Noir at large” James Suckling (of Kupe Pinot Noir)
“Larry McKenna is a legend in Martinborough, indeed throughout New Zealand, the man who steered Martinborough Vineyards to international acclaim” Neal Martin, eRobertParker.com
2014 The Edge Pinot Gris
2014 The Edge Pinot Noir
2013 Pinot Blanc
2013 Pinot Gris
2011/12 Pinot Noir 2011 eRobertParker.com: 90+ pts
2012/13 Kupe Pinot Noir 2012 eRobertParker.com: 91 pts; JamesSuckling.com: 94 pts 2013 JamesSuckling.com: 99 pts
2011 Hinemoa Riesling
Single Vineyard Pinot Noirs
2012/13 Te Rehua 2012 eRobertParker.com: 92+ pts; JamesSuckling.com: 93 pts 2013 97 pts
2012/13 Pahi 2013 JamesSuckling.com: 97 pts
2012/13 Kiwa 2012 eRobertParker.com: 90+ pts; JamesSuckling.com: 96 pts 2013 94+ pts