JamesSuckling.com reviews Escarpment
James Suckling has recently reviewed the 2016 vintage of Escarpment’s Pinot Noirs, awarding an impressive 98 points to the Kupe cuvée. His full comments and points are detailed below:
2016 Kupe Pinot Noir, Escarpment – 98 pts
Exceptionally complex, spicy and ripe, this delivers profoundly concentrated and pure black cherries with plenty of sweet spice and an ethereal, undergrowth edge. Smoothly rendered and delivered in a very deep-set, black-cherry palate. Inviting and dense, this really delivers in 2016. Superb. Drink in 2022.
2016 Te Rehua Pinot Noir, Escarpment – 96 pts
Fruit-focused nose with very attractive black cherries, hints of orange zest and black tea, as well as dried roses, some charcuterie and plenty of fragrance. The palate is fleshy and seductive with resoundingly powerful tannins that set a long, even finish. Drink now or hold.
2016 Pinot Noir, Escarpment – 95 pts
The product of a warm, dry summer and balanced crop loads, this is a very strong vintage for this iconic Martinborough pinot noir. On the nose, plenty of fresh red cherries and spiced red plums come to the fore. Succulent, fluid and mouth-filling on the palate. The tannins are sturdy yet silky in a classic pinot style. Impressive concentration and freshness here. Screw cap. Drink or hold.
2016 Kiwa Pinot Noir, Escarpment – 94 pts
Earthy, sinewy and savory with a world of spice and fragrant cherry aromas. This has a succulent palate and a wealth of fleshy red cherries and plums with wild herbs and an almost bracken edge. The palate has lithe, juicy and assertively tannic drive. Good weight and depth. Acidity is a feature. Sappy, ripe-tannin finish. Drink in 2022.