Escarpment Kupe Pinot Noir 2013 Front Label
Escarpment Kupe Pinot Noir 2013 Front Label

Escarpment Kupe Pinot Noir 2013

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Winemaker Notes

#7 Wine Spectator Top 100 of 2015

Escarpment Kupe Pinot Noir is a beautiful ruby red color. A wonderful example of new world Pinot Noir showing great fruit, complexity and structure. It is at the vanguard of Pinot noir style in the New World and should age gracefully for up to 10 years.

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JS 99
James Suckling
A striking wine for the many complex facets to its personality, this is the zenith of the Escarpment pinot noir collection, a wine that gathers the personalities of its siblings and adds its own layer of class and complexity to the mix. Orange blossom, ripe dark cherries and fresh-tilled earth, deep-wound, woody spices, dried plum and fresh black cherry, with some beef stock and a hint of pepper - complex and regal. The palate is textured like deep velvet, profoundly flavored and woven together with deep-seated tannins, seamless and long, with every type of cherry, blueberries, red and dark plums layered in softer, fleshy sections, building in layered waves of tannin as it goes, the acidity creeping up to illuminate the finish. Profound pinot noir - this is a triumph for not only Escarpment and Larry McKenna, but also for New Zealand pinot noir in general. Range: 98-99
D 95
Decanter
Heady, spicy and rich with black cherries and fruit cake; generous but not flashy – no hard edges and consummate balance. Best cellared despite immediate charms.
WS 95
Wine Spectator
Complex, concentrated and intriguing, with fleshy blackberry and plum flavors at the core, showing highlights of black walnut, sandalwood, dried pine needle, black pepper and musky Darjeeling tea. The tannins are refined and plush, and the finish is epic. Drink now through 2030.
RP 92
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
Medium ruby purple colored, the 2013 Kupe Pinot Noir has a youthfully muted nose revealing suggestions of black berries plus whiffs of charcoal, bay leaf, lavender and dusty earth. Medium-bodied, taut and firmly textured at this early stage, it gives gentle mineral laced black fruit flavors and has very good persistence.
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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.

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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.

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Thin-skinned, finicky and temperamental, Pinot Noir is also one of the most rewarding grapes to grow and remains a labor of love for some of the greatest vignerons in Burgundy. Fairly adaptable but highly reflective of the environment in which it is grown, Pinot Noir prefers a cool climate and requires low yields to achieve high quality. Outside of France, outstanding examples come from in Oregon, California and throughout specific locations in wine-producing world. Somm Secret—André Tchelistcheff, California’s most influential post-Prohibition winemaker decidedly stayed away from the grape, claiming “God made Cabernet. The Devil made Pinot Noir.”

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