Escarpment Kupe Pinot Noir 2019, Martinborough

Pinot Noir from New Zealand - Wairarapa & Wellington
Review Date : 13-Aug-2021
Deep, ruby-red with a tinge of dark purple, lighter on the rim. The nose is full, lifting and alluring, aromas of red cherries, intermix plum, thyme flowers, stalk perfume, along with black pepper, nutmeg. Medium-full bodied, perfect ripeness nuances of cherry, plum enriched by dark herbs and violet fragrance; black pepper, nutmeg unveil with subtle milk chocolate. Savoury herbs and stalk linger with sweet floral to a long, fragranced sustained finish. The wine is harmonious with pure fruit and fragrance intensity; black pepper and nutmeg spices lift and enhance the layers. Silky and creamy tannin draw a long line with lacy acidity, provides vitality and drive. This is a youthful Pinot Noir with immediate appeal, beautifully balanced purity and synergies with long ageing potential. Match with foie gras stuffed pigeon and roasted quail with truffle sauce over the next 10 years. The fifteenth release of Kupe, fruit was sourced from Te Muna Road. Fermented in wooden French cuvees with 70% whole bunch to 13.5% alc, hand plunged and aged in French oak barriques for 18 months, 50% new oak. Unfined, unfiltered. Vegan friendly. BioGro organic certified. 19.5/20 pts (97 pts) Aug 2021 RRP $115

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