The Escarpment Vineyard, Martinborough, New Zealand promises some of the very best of tomorrow's definitive New World Pinot Noir, Pinot Gris and Chardonnay. With respected winemaker Larry McKenna applying his distinctive skill to what he does best - making premium wine - the result is some of NZ's most layered, flavoursome and complex wines.
Bold, mouth-filling Chardonnay with moderately intense stone fruit/peach/nectarine flavours together with rock melon and a savoury nutty, mealiness that is most obvious on the finish. Rich wine with weight and an appealingly smooth texture. Complex and satisfying Chardonnay. Rating: 95 Points; Bob Campbell MW
Bright, lemony-straw colour with slight green hues. The bouquet features white stonefruits and citrus fruit aromas with subtle layers of oak, nuts and flinty interest, revealing some sulphide complexities and a little MLF butteriness. Medium-bodied, the palate shows a citrus and stonefruit amalgam with MLF flavours, forming a fine-textured line. The palate combines richness with steely acidity and the flavours flow with acid drive to a very long finish. This is a brisk Chardonnay with attractive citrus fruit flavours melded with MLF notes. Rating: 18.0/20.0; Raymond Chan Wine Reviews
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