Escarpment Chardonnay


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Sourced primarily from Escarpment's home block on Te Muna Road on the Martinborough terraces. A Chardonnay of distinction and complexity with striking minerality and a typical varietal character reminiscent of its terroir and winemaking philosophy. 


CURRENT VINTAGE: 2022 Escarpment Chardonnay

A cooler vintage of elegance and grace, that has given us a lovely restrained Chardonnay of focus and texture. 100% Martinborough fruit, from the famous alluvial terrace and made from grapes grown on our own estate along with select growers. The fruit was handled with great care to help retain balance and freshness. Whole bunch pressed and fermented in French oak puncheons using indigenous yeast, to enhance texture and complexity. After fermentation the wine was aged in barrel for 11 months with 20% new, creating a wine with ripe stone fruit characters and a flinty mineral backbone. It is a wine that is both accessible in its youth but will also age gracefully for several years.

Wine Analysis

2022 Chardonnay 

  • Alcohol by volume: 13.1%
  • Total acid: 6.0g/l
  • pH: 3.41
  • Residual sugar: <1g/l
  • Malic Acid: 0.69g/l
  • Closure: Stelvin screw cap

Tasting Notes

Escarpment 2022 Chardonnay Tasting Note

Escarpment 2021 Chardonnay Tasting Note

Escarpment 2020 Chardonnay Tasting Note

Escarpment 2019 Chardonnay Tasting Note

Escarpment 2018 Chardonnay Tasting Note

Escarpment 2017 Chardonnay Tasting Note


92 Points:  2022 Vintage - Wine Enthusiast | November 2023

93 Points: 2022 Vintage - Bob Campbell | March 2023

94 Points: 2021 Vintage - Wine Rater | August 2022

95 Points: 2020 Vintage - The Real Review | March 2022

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


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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.