"Fermented in wooden French cuvees, hand plunged and aged in 50% new French oak barriques the wine was given every priority during its elevation and now shows all the hallmarks of a grand young wine on its release in 2013. The season was exemplary in Martinborough with a warmer than average, dry summer allowing perfectly ripe fruit to be harvested in April 2011. It is at the vanguard of Pinot noir style in the New World and should age gracefully for up to 10 years. The wine is a true reflection of both Martinborough’s unique terroir and the skills and experienceof winemaker Larry McKenna."
Escarpment Vineyard is a partnership of the Kirby and McKenna families. Its is planted on alluvial gravel terraces at the foot of the Aorangi Mountains. There, legend tells us, the Maori navigator Kupe abandoned three canoes after discovering the land that his wife called Aotearoa. Kupe's image features on our label and his pioneering journeys inspire our winemaking.