Escarpment Chardonnay


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Escarpment Chardonnay is grown on our Te Muna Road Vineyard with a small portion of grapes from growers in Martinborough. The first Chardonnay planted on Te Muna Road was Clone 95 in 1999.

Every vintage, we aim to produce a wine that is complex, fruit-driven with a mineral backbone and dry finish. 

CURRENT VINTAGE: 2021 Escarpment Chardonnay

100% Martinborough fruit, from the famous alluvial terrace and made from grapes grown on our own estate along with select growers. 2021 was a small but exceptional vintage, with the resultant wine an accurate reflection of the district’s unique terroir.

The small crop, along with warm days and cool nights allowed for full ripeness, producing a powerful opulent wine with a flinty mineral backbone. This is enhanced by the texture created from fermentation in French oak puncheons. With 20% new, and in barrel for 11 months, before a further 4 months in stainless tank.

No malolactic fermentation means this wine has crisp natural acidity, which is balanced by a creamy mouthfeel. Complex fruit, with lifted citrus and gunflint allow it to match with most entrée dishes and seafood.

An accessible wine which can be enjoyed in its youth or allowed to age gracefully over a few years.

Wine Analysis

2021 Chardonnay 

  • Alcohol by volume: 12.9%
  • Total acid: 7.0g/l
  • pH: 3.24
  • Residual sugar: <1g/l
  • Total dry extract: 23.1g/l
  • Closure: Stelvin screw cap

Tasting Notes

Escarpment 2020 Chardonnay Tasting Note

Escarpment 2019 Chardonnay Tasting Note

Escarpment 2018 Chardonnay Tasting Note

Escarpment 2017 Chardonnay Tasting Note



95 Points: 2020 Vintage - Cam Douglas | December 2021

94 Points: 2020 Vintage - Sam Kim, Wine Orbit | August 2021

95 Points: 2020 Vintage - Raymond Chan Wine Reviews | August 2021

92 Points: 2019 Vintage - Jo Czerwinski | June 2021

92 Points: 2018 Vintage - Bob Campbell | February 2020

96 Points: 2017 Vintage - James Suckling | August 2019


Read more about Escarpment Wine Reviews here

Food Pairings

Food pairing options include seafood dishes and white meat entrees. Cheese at the end of a meal paired with Chardonnay is an exciting unexpected pleasure.