Escarpment The Edge Pinot Gris, Martinborough
100% Martinborough Pinot Gris, grown on the alluvial gravel terraces for which the district has become famous. The season was exceptionally warm allowing high quality fruit to be harvested early with brilliant perfumed fruit flavours. The style is off dry (7gms residual sugar) with a soft ripe backbone and long lingering finish. The wine shows the pear/white stone fruit flavours this variety is renowned for.
- Colour: White
- Grapes: Pinot Gris(Pinot Grigio)
- Vintage: 2011
- Closure: screwcap
- Alcohol: 13.%
- Other info: Escarpment Vineyard was established in 1999 as a joint business venture between Robert & Mem Kirby (of Australia's Village Roadshow) and Larry & Sue McKenna. Collectively, these four directors bring to Escarpment a world of experience, skill and understanding to the nurturing and making of fine, deliciously sublime wine. It goes without saying the impetus behind establishing this vineyard came from the four's deep love for Pinot Noir. Meeting by chance in 1999 through Dr Richard Smith, Larry and Robert quickly hit it off and realised they had more than a love for the grape in common. Serious talk about establishing a definitive New World vineyard began in earnest even then and the 'idea whose time has come' has resulted in one of the most significant vineyard developments in the New Zealand district of Martinborough. Escarpment's deep commitment to Pinot Noir is supported by significant plantings of the latest clonal material available on modern rootstocks. Two plant spacings have been utilised to exploit optimal value from the precious soils, while providing significant quality benefits. While these spacings are considered closely planted by New Zealand standards, it is believed greater complexity will be achieved as a result. Escarpment's varietal selection consists of 70% Pinot Noir, 10% Chardonnay, 10% Pinot Gris, 5% Riesling and 5% Pinot Blanc. While the majority of these grapes are grown on-site, Escarpment also sources grapes from two other local vineyards growers who grow and supply grapes to Escarpment: Station Bush for additional Pinot Gris and Cleland Vineyard for additional Pinot Noir.
- Winery website: www.escarpment.co.nz/wines
£11.55or £10.97 when purchasing any 12 mixed bottles.