Escarpment Chardonnay 2020 (Martinborough, New Zealand) - [DM 95] [JS 94] [VM 93]

Escarpment Chardonnay 2020
(Martinborough, New Zealand) - [DM 95] [JS 94] [VM 93]


Regular price $45.00 Sale price $34.97 Save $10.03
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Notes about the Vineyard:

Escarpment Chardonnay is grown on our Te Muna Road Vineyard with a small portion of grapes from growers in Martinborough.  The first Chardonnay planted on Te Muna Road was Clone 95 in 1999.  Every vintage, we aim to produce a wine that is complex, fruit-driven with a mineral backbone and dry finish. 

About the wine:                                                                                                          100% grown from Wairarapa fruit in what can be considered a warm season. It is an accurate reflection of the district’s unique terroir.  The summer allowed a normal crop load to ripen slowly, producing powerful opulent flavours and a flinty mineral backbone which combine beautifully with barrel fermentation, to create Burgundian inspired Chardonnay. Aged in 20% new oak for 11 months a delightful soft texture has developed resulting in a long commanding finish.  Completed malolactic fermentation and lees stirring has enhanced the texture, complexity and mouth feel allowing it to match most entrée dishes and seafood.  An accessible wine which can be enjoyed in its youth or. allow to age gracefully..


Ratings and Reviews

95 Points - Decanter:
There’s always an immediate complexity, finesse and elegance about the wines from Escarpment, and this Chardonnay exemplifies that with layers of ripe citrus and wood spice, stone fruits and minerality, personality and charm. Very silky and pure. (Drink between 2022-2028)


94 Points - James Suckling:
"Grilled pineapple, dried mango, smoke, hay and burnt lemon on the nose. Full-bodied with tangy acidity. Excellent texture and concentration with a pretty balance of citrus zest and reductive, smoky notes. Drink now or hold. Screw cap."

 

93 Points - Vinous:
The 2020 Chardonnay Escarpment (Martinborough) is a sophisticated, restrained expression. Fermented in barrel and matured on lees, it blossoms in the mouth, providing a creamy, silky texture yet remaining fresh and light on its feet, with vibrant, ripe acidity. It has excellent clarity of fruit, elegance and finesse. (Drink between 2022-2030)