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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, ruby-red colour with slight black hues at the heart and lighter purple on the rim. The nose is fresh and firmly concentrated with ripe and vibrant fruit aromas of dark red berry and black cherry fruit harmoniously entwined with dark herbs and background whole bunch stalk complexities. The aromatics build in depth and intensity with aeration, unfolding classical violet florals and spice elements. Medium-full bodied, the fruit is rich and plush, and vibrantly succulent, showing flavours of dark red berryfruit and black cherries with complexing dark herb and whole bunch stalk detail. The palate is firmly concentrated with fine-grained tannin extraction in support, balancing the lusciousness. The mouthfeel is vigorous with structure, acid freshness and drive, and the wine carries to a long, fine-textured finish f dark red fruits, herbs and violets. This is a vigorous and vibrant dark red and black-fruited Pinot Noir with herb complexities and plenty of structure. Match with lamb, beef and venison over the next 6-7 years. Rating: 18.5/20; Raymond Chan

Impressively dense and concentrated pinot noir, with a mix of dark plum, dark cherry, savoury and earthy characters plus a seasoning of spice. Quite a structured red with obvious potential, although delivers pleasure now if enjoyed with food. Rating: 92 Points; Bob Campbell MW



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