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Escarpment, Chardonnay, Martinborough, New Zealand

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Escarpment, Chardonnay, Martinborough, New Zealand

REVIEWS:
5

5 out of 5

PRODUCER:
Escarpment Wines

SIZE:
750ML

TYPE:
WHITE WINE

CRITIC SCORE:
90/100

Escarpment Wines

750ML

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Escarpment produce a Burgundian-inspired Chardonnay from its Te Muna Road site in Martinborough, New Zealand. Powerful opulent flavours and a flinty mineral backbone combine beautifully with barrel fermentation to create a Burgundian-inspired Chardonnay. Flavours are reminiscent of white stone fruit with delightful soft texture ensuring a long, commanding finish. A perfect partner for roast poultry or try pairing with a cod in a white wine and mussel sauce.

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COUNTRY:

New Zealand

GRAPE:

Chardonnay

REGION:

Wairarapa, Martinborough

DRINKING
WINDOW:

2020 - 2028

VINTAGE:

2019

ABV:

13.0%

SKU: 100709 Category: Tags: , ,

Description

Larry McKenna – otherwise known as Larry McPinot – is the man behind Escarpment, having founded it in 1999. Larry and his team now work closely with Australian wine estate Torbreck, who purchased the estate in 2019, to ensure the continued success of the wines. Larry remains head winemaker, bringing his award-winning approach to each vintage.

The vineyards are sited above a natural escarpment sitting above the Huarangarua River on ancient gravels. Overlooking them are the Aorangi Ranges where Maori legend has it that the Polynesian voyager Kupe abandoned 3 canoes. The upturned canoes are still clearly visible, silhouetted along the top of the ridge, and Kupe’s image takes pride of place on every Escarpment label. Escarpment is registered as a Sustainable NZ producer and is currently following a five-year plan to become organically certified.

Escarpment produce a Burgundian-inspired Chardonnay from its Te Muna Road site in Martinborough, New Zealand. Powerful opulent flavours and a flinty mineral backbone combine beautifully with barrel fermentation to create a Burgundian-inspired Chardonnay. Flavours are reminiscent of white stone fruit with delightful soft texture ensuring a long, commanding finish. A perfect partner for roast poultry or try pairing with a cod in a white wine and mussel sauce.

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CRITIC REVIEWS

CRITIC SCORE:
90/100

Tasted alongside the 2018, this 2019 wine has a little more flavor intensity and ripeness, likely caused by the warm, dry season. It is soft and rich in style, with creamy texture derived from both malolactic fermentation and time on lees. Expect succulent white stone fruit and savoury French oak influences. The relatively opulent style is a contrast to the crisper 2018 offering. This cuvée provides balanced, fine acidity but is more languid on the finish. Approachable now for its soft, satisfying conclusion.
90/100 - Rebecca Gibb MW., Vinous (Tasted September 2020)