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Escarpment

2017 Te Rehua Pinot Noir is one of the stars of a difficult vintage.

Wine Advocate

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The deep alluvial gravels of the Martinborough Terraces and a blend of clones grown in a very sheltered spot produce this classic example of New World Pinot.

This wine was grown on the Barton Vineyard, Huangarua Road, Martinborough from 25-year-old vines. A combination of deep alluvial gravels which the Martinborough Terraces are renowned for and a blend of many clones grown in a very sheltered spot always rewards with a classic example of New World Pinot Noir. It has a unique site derived complexity combined with black cherry/plum fruit flavours.

Technical analysis

ALCOHOL

13.3 %

pH

3.59

ACIDITY

5.1 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

Vinification details

Hand harvested fruit was open-top fermented using indigenous yeasts in traditional wooden cuvées, hand plunged every 12 hours, with a total vat time of 22 days. After pressing it was matured in 40% new French oak barriques for 18 months. It was fined to protect the flavours and aid brightness in the glass. Bottled without filtration, promoting soft mouth feel and texture.

Awards

Wine Advocate: 93+ pts

Green credentials

Member of Sustainable Winegrowing New Zealand.

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... medium-bodied, with silky tannins and a long, red-fruit finish.

eRobertParker.com

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The deep alluvial gravels of the Martinborough Terraces and a blend of clones grown in a very sheltered spot produce this classic example of New World Pinot.

This wine was grown on the Barton Vineyard, Huangarua Road, Martinborough from 24-year-old vines. A combination of deep alluvial gravels which the Martinborough Terraces are renowned for and a blend of many clones grown in a very sheltered spot always rewards with a classic example of New World Pinot Noir. It has a unique site derived complexity combined with black cherry/plum fruit flavours.

Technical analysis

ALCOHOL

13.7 %

RESIDUAL SUGAR

0.2 g/L

pH

3.54

ACIDITY

5.2 g/L

ORIGIN

New Zealand

WINEMAKER

Larry McKenna & Huw Kinch

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

Vinification details

Hand harvested fruit was open-top fermented using indigenous yeasts in traditional wooden cuvées, hand plunged every 12 hours, with a total vat time of 24 days. After pressing it was matured in 40% new French oak barriques for 18 months. It was fined to protect the flavours and aid brightness in the glass. Bottled without filtration, promoting soft mouth feel and texture.

Awards

JamesSuckling.com: 96 pts
eRobertParker.com: 92 pts
Raymond Chan: 19/20

Green credentials

Member of Sustainable Winegrowing New Zealand.

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This is a beautifully rich, vibrant and powerful, but impeccably balanced Pinot Noir with aromatic black fruits and subtle layers of complexity.

Raymond Chan

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The deep alluvial gravels of the Martinborough Terraces and a blend of clones grown in a very sheltered spot produce this classic example of New World Pinot.

This wine was grown on the Barton Vineyard, Huangarua Road, Martinborough from vines 23 years old. A combination of deep alluvial gravels which the Martinborough Terraces are renowned for and a blend of many clones grown in a very sheltered spot always rewards with a classic example of New World Pinot Noir. It has a unique site derived complexity combined with black cherry/plum fruit flavours.

Technical analysis

ALCOHOL

13.9 %

pH

3.61

ACIDITY

4.9 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

VEGETARIAN

Yes

VEGAN

Yes

Vintage conditions

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

Open-top fermented using indigenous yeasts in traditional wooded cuvées, and hand plunged every 12 hours, with a total vat time of 24 days. After pressing it was matured in 30% new French oak barriques for 18 months. It was fined to protect the flavours and aid brightness in the glass without filtering, promoting soft mouth feel and texture.

Awards

Raymond Chan: 19.5+/20
Wine Spectator: 93 pts

Green credentials

Member of Sustainable Winegrowing New Zealand.

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Silky and enveloping; a very spicy, darker style of Pinot but with a wonderfully fine-grained, seamless texture.

Stephen Tanzer

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The deep alluvial gravels of the Martinborough Terraces and a blend of clones grown in a very sheltered spot produce this classic example of New World Pinot.

This wine was grown on the Barton Vineyard, Huangarua Road, Martinborough from 23-year-old vines. It has a unique site-derived complexity combined with black cherry/plum fruit flavours. It will continue to develop for up to 10 years and will always be a wonderful counterpart to any game food.

Technical analysis

ALCOHOL

13.3 %

pH

3.52

ACIDITY

5.5 g/L

ORIGIN

New Zealand

WINEMAKER

Larry McKenna

VARIETY

Pinot Noir

HARVEST DATE

March 2014

FINED USING

Egg white

TIME IN OAK

18 months

SULPHUR

Total: 70 Free: 15

MALOLACTIC FERMENTATION

Yes

CLOSURE

Cork

BOTTLE SIZE

75cl

REGION

Martinborough

Vintage conditions

The season was warm and drier than average. 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

This was open topped fermented using indigenous yeasts in traditional wooded cuves and hand plunged every 12 hours, with a total vat time of 24 days. After pressing it was matured in 30% new French oak barriques for 18 months. It was fined using a minimum of egg white to protect the flavours and aid brightness in the glass without filtering, promoting soft mouth feel and texture.

Awards

Stephen Tanzer: 91 pts
Raymond Chan: 19.5/20
JancisRobinson.com: 17.5

Green credentials

Member of Sustainable Winegrowing New Zealand.

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The palate has impressive tension as the acidity and tannins hold crisp dark cherry fruit flavors in line.

James Suckling

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The deep alluvial gravels of the Martinborough Terraces and a blend of clones grown in a very sheltered spot produce this classic example of New World Pinot.

From the Te Rehua single vineyard, this has a unique site-derived complexity combined with black cherry/plum fruit flavours. It will continue to develop for up to 10 years and will always be a wonderful counterpart to any game food.

Technical analysis

ALCOHOL

12.8 %

RESIDUAL SUGAR

0.1 g/L

pH

3.67

ACIDITY

5.7 g/L

ORIGIN

New Zealand

WINEMAKER

Larry McKenna

VARIETY

Pinot Noir

FINED USING

Egg white

TIME IN OAK

12 months

MALOLACTIC FERMENTATION

Yes

CLOSURE

Cork

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, attractive texture and the perfect mix of black, red and green fruit flavours for which Pinot Noir is celebrated.

Vinification details

This wine was open topped fermented using indigenous yeasts in traditional wooded cuves and hand plunged every 12 hours, with a total vat time of 25 days. After pressing it was matured in 30% new French oak barriques for 12 months. It was fined using a minimum of egg whites to protect the flavours and aid brightness in the glass without filtering, promoting soft mouth feel and texture.

Awards

eRobertParker.com: 92+ pts
JamesSuckling.com: 93 pts

Green credentials

Member of Sustainable Winegrowing New Zealand.

 

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