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Kupe Pinot Noir, Escarpment

Fruit for Kupe Pinot Noir comes from Escarpment’s close-planted vineyard on Te Muna Road, Martinborough, vines which have been their pride and joy since being planted in 1999.

The wine was given every priority during its elevation and now shows all the hallmarks of a grand young wine on release in 2021. It is at the vanguard of Pinot noir style in the New World and should age gracefully for up to 10 years. The wine is a true reflection of both Martinborough’s unique terroir and the skills and experience of winemakers Larry McKenna and Tim Bourne

Technical analysis

ALCOHOL

13.5 %

pH

3.59

ACIDITY

5.3 g/L

ORIGIN

New Zealand

WINEMAKER

Larry McKenna & Tim Bourne

VARIETY

Pinot Noir

FINED USING

Gelatine

TIME IN OAK

18 months

MALOLACTIC FERMENTATION

Yes

CLOSURE

Screw top

BOTTLE SIZE

75cl

REGION

Martinborough

VEGETARIAN

No

VEGAN

No

Vintage conditions

2019 vintage started with a devastating frost in October 2018. From then till Christmas the region enjoyed a wetter than normal spring which also impacted on the quality of the flowering. Spring gave a perfect start to summer with plenty of canopy and soil water stored for the drier months. Summer was ideal with healthy canopies and no disease pressure. Harvest started (and finished) earlier than ever before. Large canopies created small crops so ripening was rapid and very successfully. The season was very similar to 2017/18 with average rainfall between September 1st and April 9th. Heat summation for the same period was up by about 15%.

Vinification details

Fermented in wooden French cuvees, hand plunged and aged in 50% new French oak barriques for 18 months. It has created a wine with ripe flavours and soft tannins. It was bottled without fining or filtration, promoting soft mouth feel and balance.

Green credentials

Member of Sustainable Winegrowing New Zealand.

Awards

Bob Campbell MW:95 pts
Wine Advocate: 95 pts

Tasting video

With winemaker Tim Bourne.

 

 

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Kupe Pinot Noir, Escarpment

Fruit for Kupe Pinot Noir comes from Escarpment’s close-planted vineyard on Te Muna Road, Martinborough, vines which have been their pride and joy since being planted in 1999.

This wine was given every priority during its elevation and now shows all the hallmarks of a grand young wine. It is at the vanguard of Pinot Noir style in the New World: a true reflection of both Martinborough’s unique terroir and the skills and experience of winemakers Larry McKenna and Tim Bourne.

Technical analysis

ALCOHOL

13.8 %

pH

3.52

ACIDITY

4.5 g/L

ORIGIN

New Zealand

VARIETY

Pinot Noir

TIME IN OAK

18 months

MALOLACTIC FERMENTATION

Yes

CLOSURE

Screw top

BOTTLE SIZE

75cl

REGION

Martinborough

VEGETARIAN

Yes

VEGAN

Yes

Vintage conditions

The vines which have grown this wine have been Escarpment’s pride and joy since being planted in 1999. The spacing of 1.5m * 1m (6,600 vines/ha) is approaching the planting densities used in Burgundy from where the inspiration for this wine comes. The season was cooler than normal with correspondingly fresher flavours, something Escarpment have been moving towards to gain better balance and elegance.

Vinification details

Fermented in wooden French cuvées, hand plunged and aged in 50% new French oak barriques for 18 months. It was bottled without fining or filtration, promoting soft mouth feel and balance.

Green credentials

Member of Sustainable Winegrowing New Zealand.

Tasting video

With winemaker Tim Bourne.

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This Pinot has an x-factor that sets it apart.

JamesSuckling.com

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Kupe Pinot Noir, Escarpment

Fruit for Kupe Pinot Noir comes from Escarpment’s close-planted vineyard on Te Muna Road, Martinborough, vines which have been their pride and joy since being planted in 1999.

This wine was given every priority during its elevation and now shows all the hallmarks of a grand young wine. It is at the vanguard of Pinot Noir style in the New World: a true reflection of both Martinborough’s unique terroir and the skills and experience of winemakers Larry McKenna.

Technical analysis

ALCOHOL

12.5 %

pH

3.63

ACIDITY

4.8 g/L

ORIGIN

New Zealand

WINEMAKER

Larry McKenna

VARIETY

Pinot Noir

TIME IN OAK

18 months

MALOLACTIC FERMENTATION

Yes

CLOSURE

Screw top

BOTTLE SIZE

75cl

REGION

Martinborough

VEGETARIAN

Yes

VEGAN

Yes

Vintage conditions

The vines which have grown this wine have been Escarpment’s pride and joy since being planted in 1999. The spacing of 1.5m * 1m (6,600 vines/ha) is approaching the planting densities used in Burgundy from where the inspiration for this wine comes. The season was cooler than normal with correspondingly lower alcohol, something Escarpment have been moving towards to gain better balance and elegance.

Vinification details

Fermented in wooden French cuvées, hand plunged and aged in 50% new French oak barriques for 18 months. It was bottled without fining or filtration, promoting soft mouth feel and balance.

Awards

JamesSuckling.com: 98 pts
Wine Advocate: 93 pts

Green credentials

Member of Sustainable Winegrowing New Zealand.

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... there is no arguing with the hedonistic pleasure ride this wine delivers.

eRobertParker.com

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Kupe Pinot Noir, Escarpment

Fruit for Kupe Pinot Noir comes from Escarpment’s close-planted vineyard on Te Muna Road, Martinborough, vines which have been their pride and joy since being planted in 1999.

This wine was given every priority during its elevation and now shows all the hallmarks of a grand young wine. It is at the vanguard of Pinot Noir style in the New World: a true reflection of both Martinborough’s unique terroir and the skills and experience of winemakers Larry McKenna and Huw Kinch.

Technical analysis

ALCOHOL

14.5 %

RESIDUAL SUGAR

0.2 g/L

pH

3.56

ACIDITY

5.2 g/L

ORIGIN

New Zealand

WINEMAKER

Larry McKenna & Huw Kinch

VARIETY

Pinot Noir

TIME IN OAK

18 months

MALOLACTIC FERMENTATION

Yes

CLOSURE

Screw top

BOTTLE SIZE

75cl

REGION

Martinborough

Vintage conditions

The vines which have grown this wine have been Escarpment’s pride and joy since being planted in 1999. The spacing of 1.5m * 1m (6,600 vines/ha) is approaching the planting densities used in Burgundy from where the inspiration for this wine comes. The season was warm and drier than average for this block. It has created fruit harvested in brilliant condition giving ripe flavours and soft tannins. The summer was as good as the inspirational 2013 vintage.

Vinification details

Fermented in wooden French cuvées, hand plunged and aged in 50% new French oak barriques for 18 months. It was bottled without fining or filtration, promoting soft mouth feel and balance.

Awards

JamesSuckling.com: 98 pts
eRobertParker.com: 95 pts
Raymond Chan: 19.5/20

Green credentials

Member of Sustainable Winegrowing New Zealand.

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This is a succulently rich and vibrant, black-fruited Pinot Noir with layers of spice, oak, dark herbs and whole cluster complexities on a very fine-grained, fresh palate.

Raymond Chan

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Kupe Pinot Noir, Escarpment

Fruit for Kupe Pinot Noir comes from Escarpment’s close-planted vineyard on Te Muna Road, Martinborough, vines which have been their pride and joy since being planted in 1999.

The wine was given every priority during its elevation and now shows all the hallmarks of a grand young wine. It is at the vanguard of Pinot Noir style in the New World and should age gracefully for up to 10 years. The wine is a true reflection of both Martinborough’s unique terroir and the skills and experience of winemakers Larry McKenna and Huw Kinch.

Technical analysis

ALCOHOL

13.5 %

pH

3.54

ACIDITY

5.2 g/L

ORIGIN

New Zealand

WINEMAKER

Larry McKenna & Huw Kinch

VARIETY

Pinot Noir

TIME IN OAK

18 months

MALOLACTIC FERMENTATION

Yes

CLOSURE

Screw top

BOTTLE SIZE

75cl

REGION

Martinborough

Vintage conditions

The vines which have grown this wine have been Escarpment’s pride and joy since being planted in 1999. The spacing of 1.5m * 1m (6,600 vines/ha) is approaching the planting densities used in Burgundy from where the inspiration for this wine comes. The season was warm and drier than average for this block. It has created fruit harvested in brilliant condition giving ripe flavours and soft tannins. The summer was as good as the inspirational 2013 vintage.

Vinification details

Fermented in wooden French cuvées, hand plunged and aged in 50% new French oak barriques for 18 months. It was bottled without fining or filtration, promoting soft mouth feel and balance.

Awards

Raymond Chan: 19.5/20
Wine Spectator: 96 pts

Green credentials

Member of Sustainable Winegrowing New Zealand.

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Escarpment’s highly regarded flagship Pinot Noir from the favourable 2014 vintage is predictably good ... a super-serious Martinborough Pinot.

Bob Campbell

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Kupe Pinot Noir, Escarpment

Fruit for Kupe Pinot Noir comes from Escarpment’s close-planted vineyard on Te Muna Road, Martinborough, vines which have been their pride and joy since being planted in 1999.

The wine was given every priority during its elevation and now shows all the hallmarks of a grand young wine. It is at the vanguard of Pinot Noir style in the New World and should age gracefully for up to 10 years. The wine is a true reflection of both Martinborough’s unique terroir and the skills and experience of winemaker Larry McKenna.

Technical analysis

ALCOHOL

14.1 %

pH

3.61

ACIDITY

5.4 g/L

ORIGIN

New Zealand

WINEMAKER

Larry McKenna

VARIETY

Pinot Noir

HARVEST DATE

March 2014

TIME IN OAK

18 months

SULPHUR

Total: 65 Free: 20

MALOLACTIC FERMENTATION

Yes

CLOSURE

Cork

BOTTLE SIZE

75cl

REGION

Martinborough

Vintage conditions

The 2014 season was warm and drier than average for this block. It has created fruit harvested in brilliant condition giving ripe flavours and soft tannins. The summer was as good as the inspirational 2013 vintage.

Vinification details

Fermented in wooden French cuvées, hand plunged and aged in 50% new French oak barriques for 18 months. It was bottled without fining or filtration, promoting soft mouth feel and texture.

Awards

Bob Campbell: 98 pts
Raymond Chan: 19.5/20
Stephen Tanzer: 92 pts

Green credentials

Member of Sustainable Winegrowing New Zealand.

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