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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.

Very dark, deep, purple-hued ruby-red. The nose is full and well-packed with ripe fruit aromas of dark red and black berried fruits, along with plums. Layers of subtle herb and savoury whole cluster are integral. This has an element of robustness, yet is more rich than coarse. On palate, fulsome, rich and sweet-fruited. Mouthfilling and near robust, but the tannins are balanced and supple enough. Lovely grip and extract in excellent balance, with savoury dried herb and soy sauce, spices unfolding and carried to the very long finish. RRP $54.00; Rating: 18.5+/20.0; Raymond Chan Wine Reviews

A very complete wine that has a complex, rich nose with plenty of ripe-cherry and red-berry fruits, some distinct herbal threads, chocolate, flowers and deeply earthy notes. The palate has composure, structure and density, silky at the edges, carrying plenty of cherry and plum flavor. Great length, too: so well-balanced as to appear effortless. The best Escarpment estate-blend pinot to date. Rating: 95 Points; James Suckling

Delicately scented Pinot Noir with red cherry, violet and a hint of raspberry plus a seasoning of spicy oak. Bone dry with charm and character. Medium-bodied wine with subtle underlying sweetness balanced by savoury, drying tannins that offer a spice, herbal complexity. Appealing wine with obvious potential. Rating: 95 Points; Bob Campbell MW


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