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Escarpment - Pinot Gris 2017


  • Country: New Zealand
  • Wine Region: Martinborough
  • Wine Maker: Larry McKenna
  • Grape: Pinot Gris / Pinot Grigio
  • Grape Percentage: 100%
  • Alcohol Percentage: 13.3%
  • Unit Quantity (ml): 750
  • Best To Drink: Drink Now
Duty/Vat Paid
WA: 88 (2012) BC: 90 (2010) NS: 92 (2011) RC: 17.5+ (2012)

Wine tasting notes

Grown on the alluvial gravel soils of the Martinborough Terrace during a cool growing season for the district. A longer summer allowed fruit to ripen wonderfully producing opulent fruit flavours combing beautifully with barrel fermentation to create Burgundian inspired Pinot Gris. Flavours are reminiscent of ripe pears and white stone fruit with delightful soft texture ensuring a long commanding finish. A dry style has enhanced the fruit flavours Pinot Gris is renowned for. Partial malolactic fermentation and lees stirring has improved the texture and mouth feel allowing it to match most entrée dishes. A great alternative to Chardonnay it has been inspired by the classical French approach to the variety. It is an accurate reflection of Martinborough’s unique terroir. Cellar for up to five years or more, successfully.

Winery Information


Nestled amongst the undulating hills of Martinborough, in the gaze of the Aorangi Ranges, Larry McKenna, or Larry ‘McPinot’ as he is affectionately known, quietly crafts some of New Zealand’s most impressive wines. Pinot Noir is the grape he is most famous for, and his Insight Series of single vineyard expressions speak volumes for the unique Martinborough terroir. Not wishing to be in any way pigeonholed, he also produces world class Chardonnay and Pinot Gris!

Expert Reviews

Wine Advocate/Robert Parker (2012)88 pts #209 Oct 2013 - Lisa Perrotti-Brown - The 2012 Pinot Gris displays fragrant apple blossom, fresh pear and white peach aromas with nuances of jasmine and white pepper. Dry, medium-bodied and nicely balanced in the mouth, it offers just enough expressive fruit to hold through the medium to long finish. Drink it now to 2015+.

Bob Campbell MW (2010)90 pts

A typical (for Escarpment) gutsy style with concentrated pear, apple and quince flavours plus a seasoning of nutty yeast lees and an almost subliminal oak influence. Full-bodied, dry Pinot Gris with character and class.

Nick Stock (2011)92 pts

A complex and fully made style that shows some handy barrel work on the nose, nougat and sweet candied melon, apple tarte tatin and spiced brioche. The palate s layered up and textural with a wealth of fresh almond flavour, chalky pear and tropical hints to close.

Raymond Chan (2012)17.5+ pts

Brilliant, bright straw-yellow colour with slight green hues. The bouquet is soft, tending broad in an elegant style with aromas of stonefruits and pears along with some nutty, oxidative handling elements. Dryish to taste, the palate has subtle richness and unctuousness and a good core. The mouthfeel is soft, with gentle textures and linearity, the acidity restrained and balanced. The fruit is the feature and carries to a concentrated, lingering finish. This is a subtly rich and delicately layered Pinot Gris. Fully barrel-fermented to 13.5% alc and <2 g/L RS. 17.5+/20 Oct 2013