This 24 ha property is the new project (established 1999) of Larry McKenna, who both through the success of MARTINBOROUGH VINEYARD and as prime mover and consultant, is at least partly responsible for sizeable tracts of New Zealand countryside being turned into Pinot Noir territory. The bulk of Escarpment is planted to it; the balance coming from Chardonnay, Pinot Gris, Riesling and Pinot Blanc. The Te Muna district with deep, free draining gravels (some 5km from Martinborough proper) is becoming increasingly planted up – the Escarpment vines at higher than typical densities. The McKenna style has always been for richly textured, well-structured Pinot Noir capable of long ageing. Since 2003 the Te Muna grapes have come on-stream and the resulting wine is sturdy, powerful and oaky – needing some time to show its full potential. A number of premium Pinot Noir examples are also available, Kupe (£F) is the priciest, as well as well priced Pinot Noir and Pinot Gris under The Edge brand.
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