Kupe Pinot Noir


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Kupe is made entirely from Escarpment's home block first planted in 1999 on Te Muna Road. The alluvial gravels on the Martinborough Terrace provide a distinctive character that sets a benchmark for New Zealand Pinot Noir.

CURRENT VINTAGE: 2021 Kupe Pinot Noir

Near perfect growing conditions led to exceptional fruit that was handled with great care to help retain balance and elegance. 100% Abel clone picked over two days; the fruit was fermented in open top fermenters using indigenous yeast. They were hand plunged once daily for a total vat time of 31 days.
After pressing, the wine was aged in 42% new French oak barriques for 19 months, creating a wine with ripe flavours and full tannin. Bottled without fining or filtration, promoting soft mouth feel and balance, and every priority afforded during its elevation, showing all the hallmarks of a grand young Pinot Noir on release, July 2023.

Wine Analysis

2021 Kupe Pinot Noir

  • Alcohol 14.1%
  • Total Acid 4.8 g/L
  • pH 3.72
  • Residual sugar <1g/l
  • Total Dry extract 29.6 g/L
  • Closure: Stelvin screw cap

Tasting Notes

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97 Points: 2021 Vintage - Bob Campbell | March 2023

97 Points: 2020 Vintage - The Real Review | March 2022

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 

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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