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2014 Escarpment Kiwa Pinot Noir

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I love the Flight of the Conchords, but I think I’d like it more if they had sub-titles, because some of the script gets lost in the translation, or should that be the ‘uccent’. It happens to me in conversation too, like the time when my Kiwi mate was trying to teach me about the legend of Kiwa, guardian of the ocean. I wasn’t paying much attention, so when he said Kiwa and ocean, thought he was talking about Kirra, the once-great surf break just over the Queensland border. The classy Escarpment Kiwa Pinot Noir doesn’t get lost in the translation and its complex savoury cherry flavours demand your attention.

Winemaker's Notes

This wine was grown on the Cleland Vineyard Cambridge Street, Martinborough from 27 year old vines. A combination of deep alluvial gravels which the Martinborough Terraces are renowned for and a blend of Clones UCD 5, 6 and 13 always rewards us with savoury, complex, spicy wine.

It was open topped fermented using indigenous yeasts in traditional wooden cuvees, hand plunged every 12 hours, with a total vat time of 21 days. After pressing it was matured in 30% new French oak barriques for 18 months. It was ned using a minimum of egg whites to protect the avours and aid brightness in the glass without ltering, promoting soft mouth feel and texture. This is an outstanding example of classic Pinot Noir.

It will continue to develop for up to 10 years and will always be a wonderful counterpart to any game food.

Alc/Vol: 13%

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