Thursday, 2 July 2020

Escarpment Kiwa pinot noir 2010

This is a lovely wine and it shows that Pinot Noir from the finest estates in New Zealand is ageworthy.
This is the last of a six bottle case that I bought from Lea and Sandeman in 2012 when it was released and oh, how I wish I had some more!
Like most fine pinot noir from the New World, it tends to be more fruity and full-bodied when young but this has all the ethereal, elegant characteristics that you'd expect of a good burgundy. Now after 10 years it's nuanced, stylish with wonderful tertiary characteristics. The colour has changed to light brown. The nose is certainly farmyardy, cured ham, etc. It's dry and liquorice on the palate with a long finish of dried dark fruits and a hint of cinnamon. 18/20, drink now - 2022. £22 (at release) Lea and Sandeman.

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