Escarpment Chardonnay


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Escarpment Chardonnay is grown on our Te Muna Road Vineyard with a small portion of grapes from growers in Martinborough. The first Chardonnay planted on Te Muna Road was Clone 95 in 1999.

Every vintage, we aim to produce a wine that is complex, fruit-driven with a mineral backbone and dry finish. 

CURRENT VINTAGE: 2019 Escarpment Chardonnay

100% grown from Wairarapa fruit in what can be considered a warm season. It is an accurate reflection of the district’s unique terroir.

The summer allowed a normal crop load to ripen slowly, producing powerful opulent flavours and a flinty mineral backbone that combine beautifully with barrel fermentation, to create Burgundian-inspired Chardonnay.

Aged in 20% new oak for 11 months, a delightfully soft texture has developed resulting in a long commanding finish. Completed malolactic fermentation and lees stirring has enhanced the texture, complexity, and mouthfeel allowing it to match most entrée dishes and seafood. An accessible wine that can be enjoyed in its youth or allow to age gracefully.

Wine Analysis

2019 Chardonnay 

  • Alcohol by volume: 13.0%
  • Total acid: 5.6g/l
  • pH: 3.32
  • Residual sugar: 1.4g/l
  • Total dry extract: 22.3g/l
  • Closure: Stelvin screw cap

Tasting Notes

Escarpment 2019 Chardonnay Tasting Note

Escarpment 2018 Chardonnay Tasting Note

Escarpment 2017 Chardonnay Tasting Note



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


Read more about Escarpment Wine Reviews here

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.