Bought following the Escarpment Martinborough tasting. A brace of the last few bottles remaining from the vintage…
Escarpment Vineyard Kupe Pinot Noir Martinborough 2013 – $$$+ – drink 2015-2023. A superb wine. The highlight of the tasting. Such power and density!
Notes from the website: “This is the ninth release from The Escarpment Vineyard’s close planted vineyard on Te Muna Road, Martinborough.
The vines which have grown this wine have been our pride and joy since being planted in 1999. The spacing of 1.5m * 1m (6,600 vines/ ha) is approaching the planting densities used in Burgundy from where the inspiration for this wine comes. The season was warm and drier than average for this block. It has created fruit harvested in brilliant condition giving ripe flavours and soft tannins. At the time I said I’d waited 30 years for this vintage!
Fermented in wooden French cuvees, hand plunged and aged in 50% new French oak barriques for 18 months. It was bottled without fining or filtration, promoting soft mouth feel and texture. The wine was given every priority during its elevation and now shows all the hallmarks of a grand young wine on release in 2015.
It is at the vanguard of Pinot noir style in the New World and should age gracefully for up to 10 years”