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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.

Light ruby-red colour with moderate depth and some youthful purple hues. The bouquet is fresh and primary, quite unformed, with dark red cherry-berry fruit with cool-spectrum stalk, pepper and herb aromas indicating some whole cluster. Violet florals and perfumes unfold. Medium-bodied, quite elegant, slender and tightly bound, the fruit is somewhat restrained, with dark red berries, fresh herbs, stalk and leafy flavours entwined with dark red floral elemrnts. The mouthfeel is silky smooth and the tannins refined, with good acid vibrancy throughout. The wine finishes with light fragrances and herb notes. I thought this to be the ‘Pahi’. This is 35% whole bunch, the wine aged 11 months in 50% new oak. Rating: 17.5+/20 Tasted: Oct 2013 Raymond Chan Wine Reviews

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