Escarpment Chardonnay 2019
- New Zealand, 750ml
The summer allowed the fruit to ripen slowly, powerful opulent flavours and a flinty mineral backbone combine beautifully with barrel fermentation to create a Burgundian-inspired Chardonnay. Flavours are reminiscent of white stone fruit with delightful soft texture ensuring a long, commanding finish.
- Winery: Escarpment
- Varietal: Chardonnay
- Region: Martinborough, New Zealand
- Vintage: 2019
- Alcohol: 13%
- Volume: 750ml
- Closure: Screwcap
- Food pairing: Chicken; veal & pork; shrimp, crab & lobster; potato & squash; cream & pesto sauces; mild & semi soft cheeses
100% grown from Wairarapa fruit in what can be considered a warm season. It is an accurate reflection of the district’s unique terroir. Aged in 20% new oak for 11 months a delightful soft texture has developed resulting in a long commanding finish.
The Escarpment Vineyard, Martinborough, was born out of a passion for Pinot Noir. The wine styles are innovative for New Zealand. More complexity and structure is strived for with the wines, which will reward cellaring and be sublime matches with food. The vineyard project by Larry McKenna is based around 24 hectares of prime viticultural land nestled on the banks overlooking the Huangarua River, Martinborough. Much of the vineyard is close-planted in the latest clones of Pinot Noir, supported by plantings of Pinot Gris and lesser plantings of Pinot Blanc, Riesling and Chardonnay. The release of the Escarpment Kupe Pinot Noir 2005 heralded the arrival of one of New Zealand’s finest Pinot’s from one of our pioneer Pinot Noir producers. A true reflection of both Martinborough’s unique terroir and the skills and experience of winemaker Larry McKenna. Larry was the recipient of The George Fistonich Medal at the 2008 New Zealand International Show, awarding him and the Escarpment Vineyard with ‘Legends of Wine’ status. In 2014 he was inducted into the New Zealand Wine Hall of Fame, which aims to recognise individuals who have made major contributions to the New Zealand wine industry.
- 95/100 Points - Cameron Douglas MS (2019 Vintage)
- 92/100 Points - Jo Czerwinski (2019 Vintage)
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