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Escarpment Kiwa Pinot Noir 2013

Pinot Noir from Martinborough, New Zealand
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13.5% ABV
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Winemaker Notes

Kiwa Pinot Noir is bright ruby red in color. The bouquet has complexity with notes of black cherries and plum fruit. There is a lovely softness and texture in the mouth. This is an outstanding example of classic Pinot Noir. It will continue to develop for up to 10 years and will always be a wonderful counterpart to any game food.

Critical Acclaim

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JS 95
James Suckling
A dark, brooding pinot that is reticent and introspective. Plenty of earth, mocha, dark chocolate, dark plum, slate, graphite and black cherry. The palate has deeply anchored power, and strapping, sturdy tannins are hinged to mocha-tinged black-cherry and blood-plum flavor. The finish runs out smooth, long and even. Drink in 2019. Range: 94-95
RP 91
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
Medium ruby-purple colored, the 2013 Kiwa Pinot Noir has a nose of mulberries, red plums and red currants with suggestions of cinnamon stick and wild thyme. Medium-bodied, it offers layers of earth and dried herb flavors complimenting the red berry character and framed by chewy tannins, finishing long.
WE 91
Wine Enthusiast
This wine shows a bit of brown-sugar-inflected oak at the moment, along with hints of cola, menthol and vanilla. Cocoa, cinnamon and cedar notes are all backed by dark cherry fruit and crushed-velvet-textured tannins. Drink now–2023.
WS 90
Wine Spectator
Toasted caramel, vanilla and coffee bean notes open up into concentrated kirsch, plum and raspberry flavors, with firm, dense tannins and a mélange of spicy notes on the long finish. Drink now through 2025.
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Escarpment

Escarpment

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Escarpment, Martinborough, New Zealand
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Escarpment Vineyard was established in 1999 as a joint business venture between Robert & Mem Kirby (of Australia's Village Roadshow) and Larry & Sue McKenna. Collectively, these four directors bring to Escarpment a world of experience, skill and understanding to the nurturing and making of fine, deliciously sublime wine.

It goes without saying the impetus behind establishing this vineyard came from the four's deep love for Pinot Noir. Meeting by chance in 1999 through Dr Richard Smith, Larry and Robert quickly hit it off and realised they had more than a love for the grape in common. Serious talk about establishing a definitive New World vineyard began in earnest even then and the 'idea whose time has come' has resulted in one of the most significant vineyard developments in the New Zealand district of Martinborough.

Escarpment is accredited with Sustainable Winegrowing New Zealand®, an industry initiative directed through New Zealand Winegrowers. With a growing trade and consumer demand for environmentally friendly products, it provides an important platform to promote the New Zealand wine industry as a world leader in clean, green wine production.

Martinborough

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Part of the Wairarapa region in the southern end of the country’s North Island, Martinborough is a bucolic appellation full of artisan, lifestyle wine producers. Above all else, their goals are to tend vineyards for low yields and create wines of supreme quality. Pinot noir is the main grape variety here, occupying over half of the land under vine.

Comparing topography, climate and soils, the region is nearly identical to Marlborough except that it produces top quality reds on the regular.

Pinot Noir

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One of the most finicky yet rewarding grapes to grow, Pinot Noir is a labor of love for many. However, the greatest red wines of Burgundy prove that it is unquestionably worth the effort. In fact, it is the only red variety permitted in Burgundy. Highly reflective of its terroir, Pinot Noir prefers calcareous soils and a cool climate, requires low yields to achieve high quality and demands a lot of attention in the vineyard and winery. It retains even more glory as an important component of Champagne as well as on its own in France’s Loire Valley and Alsace regions. This sensational grape enjoys immense international success, most notably growing in Oregon, California and New Zealand with smaller amounts in Chile, Germany (as Spätburgunder) and Italy (as Pinot Nero).

In the Glass

Pinot Noir is all about red fruit—strawberry, raspberry and cherry with some heftier styles delving into the red or purple plum and in the other direction, red or orange citrus. It is relatively pale in color with soft tannins and a lively acidity. With age (of which the best examples can handle an astounding amount) it can develop hauntingly alluring characteristics of fresh earth, savory spice, dried fruit and truffles.

Perfect Pairings

Pinot’s healthy acidity cuts through the oiliness of pink-fleshed fish like salmon and tuna but its mild mannered tannins give it enough structure to pair with all sorts of poultry: chicken, quail and especially duck. As the namesake wine of Boeuf Bourguignon, Pinot noir has proven it isn’t afraid of beef. California examples work splendidly well with barbecue and Pinot Noir is also vegetarian-friendly—most notably with any dish that features mushrooms.

Sommelier Secret

For administrative purposes, the region of Beaujolais is often included in Burgundy. But it is extremely different in terms of topography, soil and climate, and the important red grape here is ultimately Gamay. Truth be told, there is a tiny amount of Gamay sprinkled around the outlying parts of Burgundy (mainly in Maconnais) but it isn’t allowed with any great significance and certainly not in any Villages or Cru level wines.

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