2014 Escarpment "Te Rehua" Pinot Noir Martinborough (Elsewhere $55) SKU #1329462

Price: $37.99

RC 99 BC 96 RP 93
BH 92 WS 92
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  • Greg St. Clair
    By: Greg St. Clair
    K&L Staff Member
    The nose is full of bright, cranberry fruit that shows lots of tea leaves and bits of earth. On the palate the wine shows a slightly grippier feel, not harsh but definitely gives focus and palate centering to the wine. The flavors are more red than dark fruit and for me still lean toward cranberry and shows a bit of mid palate weight. On the finish the wine’s fruit and earth mingle while being propped up by the focused and elegant tannins. After tasting this wine, I read many of the reviews from critics and noticed frequently there were mentions of vanilla flavors and the most wood of the array, I was puzzled and re-tasted the wine to see if I had missed something, well no. Upon further inspection I noticed all of the reviews were from 2016, if there were more noticeable vanilla and oak flavors in the wine, they definitely have become more background at this stage.
  • Stefanie Juelsgaard
    By: Stefanie Juelsgaard
    K&L Staff Member
    Deep, dark fruit is the hallmark of this incredibly impressive Pinot Noir from a top Martinborough producer. Lush vanilla from the oak envelops the nose, but the palate is bright with fresh acidity. This wine is broad and full, with very fine tannin. It is not lacking in structure, but the weight is refined, not harsh. This is a very different Pinot Noir from the juicy, red-fruited options of Marlborough, and it stands apart as a true representative of its region. The 'Single Vineyard' offerings from Escarpment are all fantastic, but this is the one that will captivate people the most.
  • Thomas Smith
    By: Thomas Smith
    K&L Staff Member
    My mouth dropped through the floor when I saw what we're selling this for. The nose on this wine is absolutely incredible. The intensity of fruit comes soaring out of the wine glass. There is beautiful, ripe strawberry among blackfruits and more subtle notes of sandalwood and anise. Tons of depth and complexity. Softened tannins overlay a palate with stronger, savory elements that really bring the wine together along with a bright crack of acidity. This is a classic Pinot Noir from one of New Zealand’s most respected producers, that beautifully interweaves a fruit forward profile with more softened and complex components, showing just a hint of age. Easily, easily worth its accolades.
  • Kirk Walker
    By: Kirk Walker
    K&L Staff Member
    The nose has intense but cool red fruits that are barely framed by a fine but faint cocoa dust and subtle oak spice note. With a little time a diffused savory herbal note appears behind the fruit. It is a fairly big Pinot with richness and great mid-palate texture. The fruit commands your attention, it puts the oak and tannin in their place, on the periphery. It is not a "fruity" wine but the fruit has intensity. A dry lingering finish where the oak spice and savory elements build on the finish. This is a very impressive Pinot.


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