Tasted 09.07.12, 14.5%, cork closure. Escarpment is a winery with a growing reknown and has won mutiple plaudits. Set up in 1998, this wine is just about their entry level at c. £16 UK retail. Whilst Central Otago region is the 'new kid on the block' where Pinot Noir is concerned, the North Island shows that it still produces some of NZ's finest pinot noirs. NZ pinor noir is not cheap but value for money-wide it excels.
This is very much a Southern Hemipshere pinot noir. It is medium cherry red in colour, with a great nose of red fruits, spice and ham. The palate has elegant tannins and soft berry fruits. There's a hint of liquorice and bitter cherries on the finish and the wine does not taste like 14+%. 2009 was a great year and it shows in this wine. Sophisticated. Will keep. From 2013 - 2020. 17/20