Escarpment ‘Kupe’ Martinborough Pinot Noir 2013

Pinot Noir from New Zealand - Wairarapa & Wellington
Review Date : 02-Jul-2015
The ninth release of a ‘Kupe' Pinot Noir. Abel clone fruit from vines close-planted in 1999 from the ‘Kupe' vineyard on Te Muna Road, indigenous yeast fermented with 70% whole bunch to 13.5% alc., the wine spending 19 days on skins, and aged 18 months in 55% new French oak barriques. Full, very deep, black-hued ruby-red colour, a little lighter on the rim. The nose is full and powerfully presented with very ripe, rich, vibrant aromas of spicy blackberry and black cherry fruits. Layers of complexity unfold, showing black plums, liquorice and savoury herbal and stalk whole bunch notes, along with violet and black perfumes, spices, soy sauce and balsam. Toasty oak elements are present, and the myriad of aromatics come together with harmony in the glass. Medium-full bodied, the palate is densely packed with rich, ripe black berried fruits, black cherries and savoury plums. Complex waves of black minerals, earth, soy sauce, whole cluster dried herbs and stalks, and oak toast grow to show a full array of detail. The depth and intensity is striking and lends a near robust mouthfeel. Fulsome, but fine-grained, powdery tannins coat the palate, with soft acidity providing freshness and energy. The wine carries to a strong, rich, sustained finish that blossoms in nuance. This is a full and complex ‘Kupe’ with an array of rich and ripe black fruits and savoury interest on a powerfully packed, fulsome palate. Match with roasted venison and game meat dishes over the next 8-12+ years. 20.0/20 Jul 2015 RRP $85.00

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