Escarpment ‘Kupe’ Martinborough Chardonnay 2011

Chardonnay from New Zealand - Wairarapa & Wellington
Review Date : 04-Mar-2013
The fifth release of a ‘Kupe' Chardonnay. Clone 95 from 13 y.o. vines on the McCreanor block on Princess Street, fully barrel-fermented with indigenous yeasts to 13.3% alc., the wine aged 10 months in 20% new French oak, 25% undergoing MLF. Bright straw-yellow colour with green-gold hues, paler on rim. The nose is very tight and concentrated with a complex melange of savoury white and yellow stonefruit aromas, nuts and flinty mineral reductive elements. Full bodied, restrained but rounded flavours of savoury and sour yellow stonefruits, nuts and flint form an elegant core of good depth with subtle lusciousness. Oaking and MLF are unobtrusive and harmoniously integrated with the fruit. A chalky textural thread provides the palate with a refined mouthfeel and linearity, leading to a long nutty finish with acid drive. This is a full-bodied, but tight and restrained, complex Chardonnay with stonefruit and nutty flavours reminiscent of wines from Chassagne-Montrachet. Match with robust seafood, poultry and pork over the next 4-5 years. 18.0/20 Mar 2013 RRP $49.00

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