Larry McKenna


Wine Orbit – Wine Reviews December 2016


Escarpment Pinot Blanc 2015 91/100 4.5stars
From their vineyard on Te Muna Road, this is an engaging style showing baked apple, oatmeal, nectarine and subtle spice characters on the nose. The palate is concentrated and impressively weighted, and delivers layers of fine texture, leading to a lingering, expansive finish. An Old World-inspired rendition offering textural mouthfeel and savoury complexity. At its best: now to 2020. $29.00. Nov 2016.

Escarpment Pinot Gris 2014 94/100 5stars
A stylish and complex rendition, the engaging bouquet shows baked apple and pear notes combined with dried flowers and spice, and savoury undertones. The palate is concentrated and impressively weighted, and delivers terrific power and volume, brilliantly framed by seamlessly integrated acidity. A gorgeous alternative style offering delectable flavours as well as intriguing savoury notes. At its best: now to 2019. $29.00. Dec 2016.

Escarpment Nina Rose 2016 91/100 4.5stars
Made from 100% pinot noir grown on their vineyard on Te Muna Road, this is a richly expressed rose offering generosity and opulence. Lifted aromas of nectarine, rockmelon, raspberry coulis and floral with savoury undertones on the nose, followed by a concentrated palate that shows excellent depth of flavour and mouthfeel, wonderfully structured by mouth-watering acidity. It would be a fabulous drink on a warm summer’s day with antipasto. At its best: now to 2018. $24.00. Dec 2016.

Escarpment Rose de Noir 2014 93/100 5stars
A gorgeous first release of methode traditionnelle from this outstanding pinot noir specialist, this is made from 100% pinot noir from their vineyard on Te Muna Road; 2-hour skin contact, fermented in old oak barrels then matured on lees for a year before the secondary fermentation in the bottle. Seductively complex and fragrant, the bouquet shows strawberry, floral, rockmelon and yeasty characters. The palate shows lovely weight and fine texture, delivering excellent focus as well as generosity, wonderfully structured by bright acidity. Lovely poise and balance. At its best: now to 2020. $35.00. Dec 2016.


Comments are closed.