Kupe Pinot Noir


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

Inspired by wines from Burgundy, the high-density planting 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: 2019 Kupe Pinot Noir

This is the fifteenth release from The Escarpment Vineyard’s close planted vineyard on Te Muna Road, Martinborough. The vines which have grown this wine have been our pride and joy since being planted in 1999. The spacing of 1.5m * 1m (6,600 vines/ha) is approaching the planting densities used in Burgundy, from where the inspiration for this wine originates.

A smaller crop than normal was handled with great care during ferment to gain better balance and elegance. Fermented in wooden French cuvees, hand plunged and aged in 50% new French oak barriques for 18 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 2021.

It is at the vanguard of Pinot noir style in the New World and should age gracefully for up to 10 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

2019 Kupe Pinot Noir

  • Alcohol 13.5%
  • Total Acid 5.3 g/L
  • pH 3.59
  • Residual sugar <1g/l
  • Total Dry extract 30.8 g/L
  • Closure: Stelvin screw cap

Tasting Notes

2019 Kupe Pinot Noir Tasting Note

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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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