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Escarpment

Escarpment was established in 1999 by Australian winemaker Larry McKenna on the Te Muna Road in Martinborough, on the North Island of New Zealand. Larry was inspired by the classic wines of Burgundy. He was a great lover of Pinot Noir, and is referred to as “The Prince of Pinot” and “Larry McPinot”, as he put Martinborough on the world map for this capricious grape variety, and his name goes conjointly with the best Pinot Noir in New Zealand. In 2019 Escarpment was acquired by Australia's Barossa Valley based Torbreck Vintners, but it remains under Larry's leadership; he is the director and winemaker. A new state-of-the-art winery has been completed for the 2022 vintage. 24 hectares are under vine with Chardonnay, and Pinot Noir, supported with some Pinot Blanc, Pinot Gris, and Riesling, planted on Martinborough's unique terraced vineyards along the banks of the Huangarua River on alluvial gravel soils. The Aorangi Ranges overlook the vineyards. These are the hills made famous by the great Polynesian explorer Kupe, who is said to have discovered New Zealand. According to Maori legend Kupe left his three canoes [Naga Waka] on top of the range; the three flat-topped hills, or Naga Waka-o-Kupe are a distinctive landmark, resembling upturned canoes, and this story is the inspiration for Escarpments distinctive logo. The vineyards are farmed organically with certification from 2019, and a minimal intervention approach is taken in the winery, crafting wines that are true to character, quality and vintage. Escarpment have achieved a global reputation for their layered and complex wines, especially their pre-eminent Pinot Noir.