Kupe Pinot Noir


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Kupe Pinot Noir originates from the Escarpment Vineyard’s Te Muna Road vineyard. The vines which have grown this wine have been our pride and joy since they were planted in 1999.

Inspired by wines from Burgundy, this vineyard gives a unique opportunity for the Abel clone to express its self in a distinctive manner. A unique wine that always exhibits perfume, power, and elegance, all rolled into one exquisite package. An ideal accompaniment to any gamey red meat, duck, or New Zealand lamb.

CURRENT VINTAGE: 2020 Kupe Pinot Noir

This is the sixteenth release of Kupe from The Escarpment Vineyard on Te Muna Road, Martinborough. The vines which have grown this wine have been our pride and joy since being planted in 1999.

A smaller crop than normal was handled with great care during ferment to gain better balance and elegance. Picked over two days, the fruits was fermented in open top fermenters using indigenous yeast. They were hand plunged once daily for a total vat time of 25 days. After pressing the wine was aged in 35% new French oak barriques for 16 months. It has created a wine with ripe flavours and soft tannins.

It was bottled without fining or filtration, promoting soft mouth feel and balance. The wine was given every priority during its elevation and now shows all the hallmarks of a grand young wine on release in 2022. It is at the vanguard of Pinot noir style in the New World and should age gracefully for up to 15 years. The wine is a true reflection of both Martinborough’s unique terroir and the skills and experience of winemakers Larry McKenna and Tim Bourne.

Wine Analysis

2020 Kupe Pinot Noir

  • Alcohol 14.3%
  • Total Acid 5.4 g/L
  • pH 3.44
  • Residual sugar <1g/l
  • Total Dry extract 30.4 g/L
  • Closure: Stelvin screw cap

Tasting Notes

2019 Kupe Pinot Noir Tasting Note

2018 Kupe Pinot Noir Tasting Note

2017 Kupe Pinot Noir Tasting Note

2016 Kupe Pinot Noir Tasting Note

2015 Kupe Pinot Noir Tasting Note

2014 Kupe Pinot Noir Tasting Note


97 Points: 2019 Vintage -  Raymond Chan Wine Reviews | August 2021


97 Points: 2019 Vintage -  Sam Kim, Wine Orbit | August 2021


95 Points: 2019 Vintage - Jo Czerwinski | June 2021


9th Place (of 29): 2019 Vintage - The Real Review | March 2021


2nd Place (of 40): 2018 Vintage - The Real Review | March 2021


95 Points: 2018 Vintage - Bob Campbell | February 2020


94 Points: 2018 Vintage - The Wine Advocate | November 2020

98 Points: 2017 Vintage - James Suckling | August 2019


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