Escarpment Pahi Pinot Noir 2012 750ml
This wine was grown on the McCreanor Vineyard in Princess Street, Martinborough from 25 year old vines. A combination of slightly heavier soils and a blend of clones, 10/5, Abel and Clone 5 always rewards us with this particular style; soft, ripe, pure fruit expressions in an exceedingly New World Pinot Noir.
It was open topped fermented using indigenous yeasts in traditional wooden cuvees, hand plunged every 12 hours. After pressing it was matured in 30% new French oak barriques for 12 months. It was fined using a minimum of egg whites to protect the flavours and aid brightness in the glass without filtering, promoting soft mouth feel and texture.
It will continue to develop for up to 10 years and will always be a wonderful counterpart to any game food.
Raymond Chan 18+/20
Bob Campbell 92/100
James Suckling 93/100
Robert Parker 90+/100