Escarpment ‘Kupe’ ‘Single Vineyard’ Martinborough Pinot Noir 2016

Pinot Noir from New Zealand – Wairarapa & Wellington
Review Date - 17-Apr-2018

19.5/20

Full, dark ruby-red colour with slight purple hues, lighter on the edge. The nose is softly full and refined in expression with excellent depth and concentration, opening seamlessly in volume, showing ripe black cherry and berry fruit entwined with an amalgam of dark herbs, whole bunch stalk elements and black minerals. The nose unfolds nuances of spices and violet florals with aeration. Full-bodied, the palate has powerful and intense, deeply concentrated and mouthfilling flavours of succulently sweet and rich, ripe black cherries and blackberries, intermingling with black minerals, subtle notes of dark herbs and nuances of whole bunch stalk perfumes. The fruit is complexed by spice and floral detail, and is balanced by fine-grained tannin structure with bright acidity providing plenty of energy and tension. This has brilliant vitality, richness, drive, along with underlying power. The flavours carry to a very long and sustained finish. This is a rich, succulently concentrated Pinot Noir with ripe black fruits, dark herbs, minerals and complexing detail on a well-structured, mouthfilling palate. Match with grilled and roasted game meat dishes over the next 8-10 years. The twelfth release of the ‘Kupe’ from vines close-planted in 1999 at a density of 6,600 vines per ha. Hand-picked fruit, Abel clone, indigenous yeast fermented with 70% whole bunches to 14.5% alc., the wine aged 18 months in 50% new French oak barriques. 19.5/20 Apr 2018 RRP $115.00



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