Price:  £13.25 | Case Rate: £14.95
Ex Tax: £11.04

Escarpment - The Edge Pinot Noir 2018


  • Country: New Zealand
  • Wine Region: Martinborough
  • Wine Maker: Larry McKenna & Huw Kinch
  • Grape: Pinot Noir
  • Grape Percentage: 100%
  • Alcohol Percentage: 14.2%
  • Unit Quantity (ml): 750
  • Best To Drink: Drink Now - 2020
Duty/Vat Paid
D: 91 (2016) WF: 92+ (2016) RC: 19.5+ (2011)

Wine tasting notes

A full bodied style with great backbone and a long lingering finish. An immediately accessible wine, which will improve over the next 2 years.

Winery Information


In 1999, Escarpment was established as a joint business venture with famed winemaker Larry McKenna spearheading the operation. The winery is located on terraced land along the banks of the Huangarua River. Overlooking the vineyard are the Aorangi Ranges. According to Maori legend, the great Polynesian explorer who discovered New Zealand, Kupe, left his three canoes, Nga Waka, on top of the range, giving rise to the now familiar landmark of the district, the three flat-topped hills on top of the.. read more

Expert Reviews

Decanter (2016)91 pts

Escarpment has long done a fine line in savoury, understated, nuanced Pinot Noir, and this is yet another brilliant, great value example. Elegantly bittersweet, poised, spicy and engaging.

Wine Front (2016)92+ pts

Larry McKenna is one of the best humans you might find in the wine world, and from what I’ve tasted, 2016 in Martinborough seems to be an excellent vintage. They have a lightness and energy that’s so very appealing. A lot of floral perfume, herb garden and bright red fruits. Juicy, light to medium bodied, tangy strawberry, almost a smokiness, and a good push through the finish. Great stuff. Really smashable.

Raymond Chan (2011)19.5+ pts

A mixture of many clones from vines over 21 y.o. from the ‘Barton' vineyard on Huangarua Road, fermented with 40% whole bunch to 13.2% alc., the wine spending 19 days in vat, and aged 12 months in 30% new French oak barrels. Full, even ruby-red colour with good depth and youthful purple hues. The bouquet is very full, solid and voluminous, the aromas seamlessly integrated and stylishly restrained in expression. Black berry and dark plum fruits show with violet florals, hints of liquorice, herbs and minerals, and Asian spice elements. Medium-full bodied, beautifully harmonious flavours of black fruits, florals, herbs and exotic spices build in depth and richness. The extraction is significant, but the tannins are very refined, and discreet acidity lifts the aromatic profile, adding excellent poise and tension. An understated and elegant power drives the palate to a very long, delicately sumptuous and perfumed finish. This is a restrained, brooding Pinot Noir with seamlessness, finesse and a harmony that makes it quite complete.

Vinification Notes

100% Martinborough Pinot Noir, grown on the alluvial gravel terraces for which the district has become famous. The season was exceptionally warm allowing high quality, fully ripe fruit to be harvested early with brilliant ripe cherry/plum flavours.