Escarpment Pinot Noir "Te Rehua" 2019 (Martinborough, New Zealand) - [WE 94][WA 92]

Escarpment Pinot Noir "Te Rehua" 2019
(Martinborough, New Zealand) - [WE 94][WA 92]

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The Vineyard:
This vineyard has a very clear style expression evolving from a traditional planting approach. Geoff Bunny sourced as many clones of Pinot Noir that were available in 1990 and planted them at random in the 1.1ha site.  Diversity in planting material is an important part of Terrior producing more complexity and an array of fruit flavours in the resulting wines.  Now owned by Tim & Ruth Barton the site is well sheltered and on the edge of the escarpment formed by the Huangarua River.  The alluvial loams are typical of Martinborough and help to give the unique qualities when combined with the ideal summer and autumn weather patterns.
The Wine:
This wine was grown on the Barton Vineyard, Huangarua Road, Martinborough from vines 27 years old.  A combination of deep alluvial gravels which the Martinborough
Terraces are renowned for, and a blend of many clones grown in a very sheltered spot always rewards us with a classic example of New World Pinot Noir.  Hand harvested fruit was open top fermented using indigenous yeasts in traditional wooden cuvees, hand plunged every 12 hours, with a total vat time of 22 days. After pressing it was matured in 40% new French oak barriques for 18 months. It was fined to protect the flavours and aid brightness in the glass. Bottled without filtration, promoting soft mouth feel and texture.  It has a unique site derived complexity and texture combined with black cherry/plum fruit flavours. It will continue to develop for up to 10 years and will always be a wonderful counterpart to any game food.
An innovative planting in Escarpment’s Te Muna Road vineyard. A high density planting gives a unique opportunity for Abel clone to express its self in a distinctive manner. The 1.8ha site surrounds the Huangarua escarpment relying on a soil type laid down by the river circa 75,000 years ago. The combination of deep alluvial gravels, own rooted plants with very high leaf to fruit ratios and Martinborough’s warm dry summers creates wines of exceptional power and style. This combined with essentially traditional winemaking techniques secures Kupe as the signature wine for Escarpment’s Pinot Noir endeavours. It is at the vanguard of Pinot Noir style in New Zealand. 
Ratings and Reviews
94 Points - Wine Enthusiast
"From 30-year-old, close-planted vineyards in the Martinborough Terraces, Te Rehuais a spicy and highly aromatic wine. Vibrant red berries, cinnamon, white pepper, florals and a mushroomy, umami note burst from the glass. The palate is elegantly framed, and the juicy fruit reigns, even amid structured, savory tannins. Drink now–2028" - Christina Pickard  (May 2022)
92 Points - Wine Advocate:
"The perfumed, floral 2019 Te Rehua Pinot Noir features scents of rose petals, red raspberries and tea leaves. Medium to full-bodied, it’s wiry on the palate, with ample concentration and firm tannins, accentuated by bright acids. The finish ends up being taut and slightly astringent, in need of cellaring to reach its best." - Joe Czerwinski (June 2021)