Escarpment Pinot Noir


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Escarpment Pinot Noir highlights Martinborough's unique terroir and winemaking philosophy, soundly revealed in this blend of Pinot Noir parcels from across this beautifully well-suited cool climate district. 


CURRENT VINTAGE: 2021 Escarpment Pinot Noir 

The Martinborough growing season saw small crops with above average summer temperatures, leading to good ripeness and concentrated fruit. The 2021 Escarpment Martinborough Pinot Noir is an assemblage of the best Pinot Noir vineyards across the district, with sixty percent of the fruit for this wine from the Te Muna Road sub region. The fruit was hand harvested and crushed to open top fermenters, with minimal intervention until it was pressed. Plunged just once a day for gentle extraction and then left to macerate on skins for an average vat time of 20 days. It has been aged in French oak barriques (15% new) for 11 months followed by a further 9 months in stainless steel tank before bottling without fining or filtration.

Wine Analysis

2021 Pinot Noir

  • Alcohol: 13.5%
  • Total acid: 5.3g/l
  • pH 3.58
  • Residual sugar <1.0g/l
  • Closure: Stelvin screw cap

Tasting Notes

Escarpment 2021 Pinot Noir Tasting Note

Escarpment 2020 Pinot Noir Tasting Note

Escarpment 2019 Pinot Noir Tasting Note

Escarpment 2018 Pinot Noir Tasting Note

Escarpment 2017 Pinot Noir Tasting Note

Escarpment 2016 Pinot Noir Tasting Note

Escarpment 2015 Pinot Noir Tasting Note


94 Points: 2021 Vintage - Bob Campbell | March 2023

95 Points: 2020 Vintage - Cameron Douglas | March 2023

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

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

94 Points: 2019 Vintage - Wine Spectator | August 2021

90 Points: 2019 Vintage - Jo Czerwinski | June 2021

91 Points: 2018 Vintage - Bob Campbell | February 2020

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

94 Points: 2017 Vintage - James Suckling | August 2019


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Food Pairings

Classic food pairing with any vintage includes red meats, especially game, and full-flavored pasta ragout dishes.