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2014 Escarpment Te Rehua Pinot Noir

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In Maori mythology, Rehua is a very sacred person, who lives in the highest of the heavens. Because Rehua lives in the highest of the skies he is untouched by death and is a healer with the power to cure blindness and revive the dead. While Maori lore identifies Rehua with various stars like Antares and Sirius, we at Cracka identify the Escarpment Te Rehua Pinot Noir with gold stars. We love this classy Pinot because it has an ideal balance of ripe berry fruit and complex savoury flavours and its finish is longer than a comet’s tail.

Winemaker's Notes

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 us with a classic example of New World Pinot Noir.

It was open topped fermented using indigenous yeasts in traditional wooded cuvees, 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 ned using a minimum of egg white to protect the flavours and aid brightness in the glass without filtering, promoting soft mouth feel and texture. 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.

Alc/Vol: 13.3%

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2014 Escarpment Te Rehua Pinot Noir

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Tyson Stelzer (2010 Vintage) says
Just across the road from Ata Rangi, Martinborough’s finest estate, Te Rehua is the warmest and richest of Escarpment’s vineyards. Larry McKenna skilfully offsets its black and red berry and cherry fruits intensity and drive with the dried herb and lifted exotic spice complexity of whole bunch fermentation. Structure is wonderfully textured and firm, and at the same time silky and fine. A pinot noir of great energy and endurance, carrying with wonderful line and grace. It has a twenty year future before it.
Wine Taste Special Edition 95 2012
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