Escarpment Pinot Noir


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Escarpment Pinot Noir is inspired by the classic wines of Burgundy. This wine is a tribute to Martinborough’s unique terroir. Our winemaking philosophy is to make wines that exhibit their place, a goal we set ourselves especially for Pinot Noir when the vines were planted 21 years ago.  

100% Martinborough fruit with the majority coming from our Te Muna Road Vineyard. This wine is typically a blend of Dijon clones 667 and 777 and Abel, with clones 114 and 115 occasionally. It exhibits fruit, complexity, and texture, beautifully.


We are offering a 12-pack of the 2014 Pinot Noir half bottles with 10% off. Cases are available here.


CURRENT VINTAGE: 2018 Escarpment Pinot Noir 

Perfume, elegant fruit flavours, and soft ripe tannins are all hallmarks of this exceptional Pinot Noir.

A typical Martinborough summer has created the distinctive Escarpment style showing complexity, attractive texture, and the perfect mix of black, red, and green fruit flavours for which Pinot Noir is celebrated.

The fruit was hand-harvested, then gently handled without pumping until it was pressed. Hand plunged every 12 hours then left to macerate on skins for an average vat time of 18 days. It has been aged completely in French oak barriques, of which 25% were new, for 11 months.

Inspired by the classic wines of Burgundy, this Pinot Noir is a tribute to Martinborough’s unique terroir. It will cellar gracefully for up to 10 years.

Wine Analysis

2018 Pinot Noir

  • Alcohol: 13.4%
  • Total acid: 4.6g/l
  • pH 3.45
  • Residual sugar <1.0g/l
  • Total dry extract 25.8g/L
  • Closure: Stelvin screw cap

Tasting Notes

Escarpment 2018 Pinot Noir Tasting Note

Escarpment 2017 Pinot Noir Tasting Note

Escarpment 2016 Pinot Noir Tasting Note

Escarpment 2015 Pinot Noir Tasting Note


95 Points: 2019 Vintage -  Raymond Chan Wine Reviews | 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


Read more about Escarpment Wine Reviews here


Food Pairings

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