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KUPE Chardonnay 2015, Escarpment

New Zealand / Martinborough

Andy's Tasting Notes

Richly textured yet restrained and well balanced with more than a hint of Burgundian finesse and style. The oak ageing (20% new) is intelligently subtle, adding a creamy sheen without masking the flinty, mineral and crisp finish.

Hand-harvested and whole bunch pressed, the wine was barrel fermented using indigenous yeasts and aged on its lees for 10 months before bottling. Partial malolactic fermentation.

Drinking well now, and will hold well till 2022.

Price per bottle £20.50

12 in stock

Producer Info

Larry McKenna – otherwise known as Larry McPinot – is the man behind Escarpment.

Escarpment Vineyard was established in 1998 as a joint business venture between Robert & Mem Kirby (of Australia’s Village Roadshow) and Larry & Sue McKenna. Meeting by chance in 1998 through Dr Richard Smith, Larry and Robert quickly hit it off and realised they had more than a love for the grape in common. Serious talk about establishing a definitive New World vineyard began in earnest even then and the ‘idea whose time has come’ has resulted in one of the most significant vineyard developments in the New Zealand district of Martinborough.

The vineyards are sited above a natural escarpment sitting above the Huarangarua River on ancient gravels. Overlooking them are the Aorangi Ranges where Maori legend has it that the Polynesian voyager Kupe abandoned 3 canoes. The upturned canoes are still clearly visible, silhouetted along the top of the ridge, and Kupe’s image takes pride of place on every Escarpment label. After over 21 years’ winemaking experience in Martinborough, Larry is now recognised as defining the terroir of the region with his exciting range of single vineyard wines. In his understated way, Larry told us, ‘I was awarded the George Fistonich medal by the NZ International Wine Show. It’s one of those lifetime achievement things you get when you have been around too long.’ Larry McKenna is a legend in Martinborough, indeed throughout New Zealand

Escarpment is accredited with Sustainable Wine-growing New Zealand ®, an industry initiative directed through New Zealand Winegrowers. With a growing trade and consumer demand for environmentally friendly products, it provides an important platform to promote the New Zealand wine industry as a world leader in clean, green wine production. They are currently following a five-year plan to become organically certified.

Food matchGrilled Lobster/crab ravioli or spaghetti Carbonarra


Awards & Critic Reviews

James Suckling: 94 pts

Robert Parker: 94 pts

Cellar Selected is a trading arm of Halifax Wine Company Ltd

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