100% grown from Escarpment’s Te Muna Road site in what can be considered a perfect, warm dry season.
Fermentation in French oak puncheons (20% new) enhances its textural mouthfeel. Malolactic fermentation was bypassed to maintain a delectably crisp natural acidity. After 11 months in oak it saw a further 4 months in stainless steel prior to bottling.
Complex citrus and stone fruit notes of grapefruit and nectarine balanced by tertiary aromas of lifted spiced ginger and hazelnut, with a gunflint minerality. The palate shows great cleansing acidity and a warm mouthfeel yet retaining and edgy focus of line and length. A perfect match to shellfish and seafood entrées, and roasted poultry dishes.
Escarpment Martinborough Chardonnay will age gracefully over the next few years, but is immediately accessible as a young wine.