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Chardonnay, Escarpment

Escarpment produce a Burgundian-inspired Chardonnay from its Te Muna Road site in Martinborough, New Zealand.

Powerful opulent flavours and a flinty mineral backbone combine beautifully with barrel fermentation to create a Burgundian-inspired Chardonnay. Flavours are reminiscent of white stone fruit with delightful soft texture ensuring a long, commanding finish.

Technical analysis

ALCOHOL

13.0 %

RESIDUAL SUGAR

1.4 g/L

pH

3.32

ACIDITY

5.6 g/L

ORIGIN

New Zealand

VARIETY

Chardonnay

TIME IN OAK

11 months

MALOLACTIC FERMENTATION

Yes

CLOSURE

Screw top

BOTTLE SIZE

75cl

REGION

Martinborough

VEGETARIAN

Yes

VEGAN

Yes

Vinification details

Aged in 20% new oak for 11 months with full malolactic fermentation and lees stirring.

Awards

Vinous: 90 pts
Wine Advocate: 92 pts

Green credentials

Member of Sustainable Winegrowing New Zealand.

Tasting video

With winemaker Tim Bourne.

Recipe idea

Winemaker Larry McKenna has shared his favourite food pairing for Escarpment’s Chardonnay.

One of my favourites and a go to for larger groups is risotto. The main ‘fancy’ version to serve with Chardonnay is crayfish risotto. The other favourite is broad bean risotto (from the garden) and gives a vegetarian option.

Risotto is so versatile. It can be very rich and extravagant using meat/butter/fancy cheese and oils. It can be simple right down to just rice essentially. Very easy to create seasonal dishes such as the broad bean version. It does require time in the kitchen on the night but in my house that is all part of the same room pretty much so there is some theatre involved which seems popular especially if guests are ‘foodie’.

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Chardonnay, Escarpment

Escarpment produce a Burgundian-inspired Chardonnay from its Te Muna Road site in Martinborough, New Zealand.

Powerful opulent flavours and a flinty mineral backbone combine beautifully with barrel fermentation to create a Burgundian-inspired Chardonnay. Flavours are reminiscent of white stone fruit with delightful soft texture ensuring a long, commanding finish.

Technical analysis

ALCOHOL

12.5 %

pH

3.22

ACIDITY

4.9 g/L

ORIGIN

New Zealand

WINEMAKER

Larry McKenna

VARIETY

Chardonnay

MALOLACTIC FERMENTATION

Partial

CLOSURE

Screw top

BOTTLE SIZE

75cl

REGION

Martinborough

VEGETARIAN

Yes

VEGAN

Yes

Vintage conditions

2018 can be considered a perfect, mild season, the summer allowing a normal crop load to ripen slowly.

Vinification details

After hand harvesting, the grapes were whole bunch pressed. Fermentation took place in oak barrels, where the wine underwent partial malolactic fermentation with lees stirring.

Green credentials

Member of Sustainable Winegrowing New Zealand.

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This [...] can certainly play on the world stage with the best of them.

JamesSuckling.com

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Chardonnay, Escarpment

Escarpment produce a Burgundian-inspired Chardonnay from its Te Muna Road site in Martinborough, New Zealand.

Powerful opulent flavours and a flinty mineral backbone combine beautifully with barrel fermentation to create a Burgundian-inspired Chardonnay. Flavours are reminiscent of white stone fruit with delightful soft texture ensuring a long, commanding finish.

Technical analysis

ALCOHOL

12.4 %

pH

3.13

ACIDITY

6.2 g/L

ORIGIN

New Zealand

WINEMAKER

Larry McKenna

VARIETY

Chardonnay

MALOLACTIC FERMENTATION

Partial

CLOSURE

Screw top

BOTTLE SIZE

75cl

REGION

Martinborough

VEGETARIAN

Yes

VEGAN

Yes

Vinification details

After hand harvesting, the grapes were whole bunch pressed. Fermentation took place in oak barrels, where the wine underwent partial malolactic fermentation with lees stirring.

Awards

JamesSuckling.com: 96 pts
Decanter: 90 pts

Green credentials

Member of Sustainable Winegrowing New Zealand.

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Chardonnay, Escarpment

Escarpment produce a Burgundian-inspired Chardonnay from its Te Muna Road site in Martinborough, New Zealand.

Powerful opulent flavours and a flinty mineral backbone combine beautifully with barrel fermentation to create a Burgundian-inspired Chardonnay. Flavours are reminiscent of white stone fruit with delightful soft texture ensuring a long, commanding finish.

Technical analysis

ALCOHOL

13.7 %

RESIDUAL SUGAR

0.7 g/L

pH

3.07

ACIDITY

6.4 g/L

ORIGIN

New Zealand

WINEMAKER

Larry McKenna

VARIETY

Chardonnay

MALOLACTIC FERMENTATION

Partial

CLOSURE

Screw top

BOTTLE SIZE

75cl

REGION

Martinborough

VEGETARIAN

Yes

VEGAN

Yes

Vinification details

After hand harvesting, the grapes were whole bunch pressed. Fermentation took place in oak barrels, where the wine underwent partial malolactic fermentation with lees stirring.

Green credentials

Member of Sustainable Winegrowing New Zealand.

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Medium-bodied, with a plump, succulent mouthfeel and a silky texture [...] The finish does a slow, elegant fade, adding to this wine's considerable appeal.

Wine Advocate

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Chardonnay, Escarpment

Escarpment produce a Burgundian-inspired Chardonnay from its Te Muna Road site in Martinborough, New Zealand.

Powerful opulent flavours and a flinty mineral backbone combine beautifully with barrel fermentation to create a Burgundian-inspired Chardonnay. Flavours are reminiscent of white stone fruit with delightful soft texture ensuring a long, commanding finish.

Technical analysis

ALCOHOL

13.8 %

RESIDUAL SUGAR

1.2 g/L

pH

3.25

ACIDITY

5.8 g/L

ORIGIN

New Zealand

WINEMAKER

Larry McKenna

VARIETY

Chardonnay

FINED USING

Milk

MALOLACTIC FERMENTATION

Partial

CLOSURE

Screw top

BOTTLE SIZE

75cl

REGION

Martinborough

VEGETARIAN

Yes

VEGAN

No

Vintage conditions

A windy spring resulted in smaller crops; followed by a warm, dry season that resulted in perfectly clean, ripe fruit.

Vinification details

After hand harvesting, the grapes were whole bunch pressed. Fermentation took place in oak barrels, where the wine underwent partial malolactic fermentation with lees stirring.

Awards

Wine Advocate: 91 pts
JamesSuckling.com: 93 pts

Green credentials

Member of Sustainable Winegrowing New Zealand.

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Elegantly constructed, it has depth, creaminess and great length with plenty of poise...what more could you want?

eRobertParker.com

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Chardonnay, Escarpment

Escarpment produce a Burgundian-inspired Chardonnay from its Te Muna Road site in Martinborough, New Zealand.

Flavours are reminiscent of white stone fruit with a delightful soft texture ensuring a long, commanding finish. Partial malolactic fermentation and lees stirring has enhanced the texture, complexity and mouth feel allowing it to match most entrée dishes and seafood.

Technical analysis

ALCOHOL

13.5 %

pH

3.17

ACIDITY

6.7 g/L

ORIGIN

New Zealand

WINEMAKER

Larry McKenna

VARIETY

Chardonnay

TIME IN OAK

Milk

MALOLACTIC FERMENTATION

Partial

CLOSURE

Screw top

BOTTLE SIZE

75cl

REGION

Martinborough

VEGETARIAN

Yes

VEGAN

No

Awards

eRobertParker.com: 91 pts
Raymond Chan: 18

Green credentials

Member of Sustainable Winegrowing New Zealand.

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Chardonnay, Escarpment

Escarpment produce a Burgundian-inspired Chardonnay from its Te Muna Road site in Martinborough, New Zealand.

The summer allowed fruit to ripen impeccably, producing powerful, opulent flavours and a flinty, mineral backbone which combine beautifully with barrel fermentation to create Burgundian-inspired Chardonnay. Flavours are reminiscent of white stone fruit with a delightful soft texture ensuring a long, commanding finish. Partial malolactic fermentation and lees stirring has enhanced the texture, complexity and mouth feel.

Technical analysis

ALCOHOL

13.5 %

RESIDUAL SUGAR

2.3 g/L

pH

3.08

ACIDITY

7.0 g/L

ORIGIN

New Zealand

WINEMAKER

Larry McKenna

VARIETY

Chardonnay

HARVEST DATE

April 2013

FINED USING

Milk

TIME IN OAK

12 months

MALOLACTIC FERMENTATION

Partial

CLOSURE

Screw top

BOTTLE SIZE

75cl

REGION

Martinborough

Vintage conditions

Perfect weather in Martinborough during flowering in December 2012 resulted in an ideal crop which did not require thinning.

Vinification details

After hand harvesting, the grapes were whole bunch pressed. Fermentation took place in oak barrels, of which 15% were new where the wine underwent partial malolactic fermentation.

Awards

DWWA 2017: Gold

Green credentials

Member of Sustainable Winegrowing New Zealand.

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Shows a slight silkiness to the texture, has a refreshing acid line and a long, citrus-laced finish.

eRobertParker.com

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Chardonnay, Escarpment

Escarpment produce a Burgundian-inspired Chardonnay from its Te Muna Road site in Martinborough, New Zealand.

The 2012 summer allowed fruit to ripen slowly, producing powerful opulent flavours and a flinty mineral backbone. Flavours are reminiscent of white stone fruit with a delightful soft texture ensuring a long, commanding finish. Partial malolactic fermentation and lees stirring has enhanced the texture, complexity and mouth feel.

Technical analysis

ALCOHOL

13.0 %

RESIDUAL SUGAR

2.0 g/L

pH

3.27

ACIDITY

6.7 g/L

ORIGIN

New Zealand

WINEMAKER

Larry McKenna

VARIETY

Chardonnay

HARVEST DATE

April 2012

FINED USING

Milk, Isinglass

TIME IN OAK

12 months

SULPHUR

Total: 85 Free: 20

MALOLACTIC FERMENTATION

Partial

CLOSURE

Screw top

BOTTLE SIZE

75cl

REGION

Martinborough

Vintage conditions

Perfect weather in Martinborough during flowering in December 2011 resulted in an ideal crop which did not require thinning. An uncharacteristically cool summer followed, creating the distinctive Escarpment style with complexity and attractive texture.

Vinification details

After hand harvesting, the grapes were whole bunch pressed. Fermentation took place in oak barrels, of which 15% were new where the wine underwent partial malolactic fermentation.

Awards

eRobertParker.com: 91 pts

Green credentials

Member of Sustainable Winegrowing New Zealand.

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