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: 2020 Escarpment Chardonnay

100% Martinborough fruit grown from what can be considered an ideal 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 fruit flavours and a flinty mineral backbone which combine beautifully with barrel fermentation, to create Burgundian inspired Chardonnay.

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

Wine Analysis

2020 Chardonnay 

  • Alcohol by volume: 13.5%
  • Total acid: 5.6g/l
  • pH: 3.39
  • Residual sugar: <1g/l
  • Total dry extract: 23.1g/l
  • Closure: Stelvin screw cap

Tasting Notes

Escarpment 2020 Chardonnay Tasting Note

Escarpment 2019 Chardonnay Tasting Note

Escarpment 2018 Chardonnay Tasting Note

Escarpment 2017 Chardonnay Tasting Note



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


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.