The people at Escarpment told us that this wine is only available in limited supply, we’re not sure if it’s because they are ruthless in their selection, or because the staff snap up most of it up. We suspect it may be the latter as it shows all the good characteristics that you look for in a good Pinot Noir – a perfumed nose, with an irresistible combination of black, red and green fruit flavours and a silky smooth mouth-feel. This wine is perfect with roast duck, and our spies in Martinborough tell us the local butcher’s has put his kids through private school with the profits from his game meat sales.
Perfume, elegant fruit avours, and soft ripe tannins are all hallmarks of this exceptional Pinot Noir.
Perfect weather in Martinborough during owering in December 2012 resulted in an ideal crop which did not require thinning. At the time I said I’d waited 30 years for this vintage! An exceptional, warm dry summer followed creating the distinctive Escarpment style showing complexity, attractive texture and the perfect mix of black, red and green fruit avours for which Pinot Noir is celebrated. The fruit was hand harvested, fermented using indigenous yeasts then gently handled without pumping until it was pressed. Hand plunged every 12 hours then left to macerate on skins for an average vat time of 18 days. It has been aged completely in French oak barriques, of which 30% were new, for 11 months.
Inspired by the classic wines of Burgundy, this Pinot Noir is a tribute to Martinborough’s unique terroir. It will cellar gracefully for up to 10 years.