What’s in the glass tonight March 23rd

The Edge PN 2013

Escarpment The Edge Martinborough Pinot Noir 2013 – $$

Here is the second label of Larry McKenna, who makes wonderfully fragrant and dense pinots from his vineyard on the escarpment just to the east of Martinborough. I have been lucky to attend a tasting with Larry, and I was just blown away by his Pahi single vineyard pinot noir. Others think his Kupe pinot is one of the finest expressions of Martinborough’s signature wine, and of NZ.

This is a quaffer. The nose is of light red fruit, not pronounced. The mouthfeel is soft, with sweet ripe red cherries. The wine is dense and concentrated. Tannins are subdued.

I would have liked a bit more angularity in the mouth, and message from the nose. 3+

It drank well with the dinner of slow-cooked beef shin and barley.


  1. I’m a fan of this wine – often available on promotion at £10 over here and great value for that. Nice and delicate but with enough spice/violet/earth to make it interesting. You’ve got me piqued with the Kupe… think I need to do some investigating!

    • Do try it! Larry’s standard Escarpment PN is always classy too. I reckon the ’13 season was a warm one in Martinborough, with lots of ripeness coming through in the ‘approachables’

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