Escarpment 2016 Rosé, 2015 Pinot Blanc, and 2014 Pinot Gris and Rosé de Noir

Even though Larry McKenna has been making wine in Martinborough for over 30 years, he never stops thinking about improving the breed and indeed innovating. The process continues at his venture Escarpment Vineyard in Te Muna Road with the assistance of winemaker Huw Kinch. While for Larry, Pinot Noir is the variety of focus, he has strong interest in the periphery of this grape. Larry has great respect for Chardonnay, the variety planted next to Pinot Noir in Burgundy. And no doubt his work with Pinot Blanc and Pinot Gris is because of the family genetics, all essentially sharing identical DNA. With the 2015 vintage, Larry introduced Escarpment’s first rosé, named ‘Nina’, after his daughter, made from Pinot Noir of course. And a special project of a Pinot Noir sparkling wine has come to light. Clearly Larry and Huw are exploring the different facets of the Pinot Noir grape in Martinborough. Here, I review the 2016 ‘Nina’ Rosé, 2015 Pinot Blanc, and 2014 Pinot Gris and Rosé de Noir Methode Champenoise.


  • Escarpment ‘Nina’ Martinborough Rosé 2016
  • Escarpment Martinborough Pinot Blanc 2015
  • Escarpment Martinborough Pinot Gris 2014
  • Escarpment ‘Rosé de Noir’ Martinborough Methode Traditionnelle 2014

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