Escarpment releases 2015 pinots

Larry McKenna of Escarpement Wines (Photo: Bob Campbell MW)

I always look forward to the release of Escarpment Pinot Noir, particularly in a stellar vintage such as 2015. Mr Pinot or Larry McPinot, as he is variously known, knows a thing of two about getting the best out of this often-fickle variety.

The entry level 2015 Escarpment Pinot Noir punches above its weight this year, scoring extra points for being deliciously drinkable now and therefore easy to assess with confidence. A supple wine with power and dazzling purity. (NZD $45)

The 2015 Escarpment Pahi Pinot Noir is another very approachable wine in a seductively drinkable style. It’s a deeply scented wine with a mouth-watering array of delicious fruit flavours supported by subtle winemaking artefact. (NZD $70)

2015 Escarpment Kiwa Pinot Noir is a scented single vineyard wine with spice, floral and berry flavours moderately restrained by firm tannins. A wine that will certainly benefit from further bottle age. (NZD $70)

The 2015 Te Rehua Pinot Noir is a generously proportioned wine that, like Kiwa, is a big and complex wine with a solid tannic structure. Needs time. (NZD $70)

Finally, Escarpments flagship pinot noir, the 2015 Kupe, is yet another long-distance runner with plenty of power and layers of fruit and savoury complexity. Hard to read now but with a reputation that suggests it will gain several extra points with bottle age. (NZD $90)

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