The partners of Escarpment Vineyard are proud to release the eighth vintage of our Kupe Chardonnay. The season was an ideal, typical Martinborough summer and has given us perfectly ripe fruit. Grown on the Martinborough Terraces’ at our Te Muna Road site where free draining alluvial gravels have yielded the complex mineral flavours we expect. It was barrel fermented using indigenous yeast in 20% new oak and aged on fermentation lees for 10 months before being bottled in September 2015.
Showing ripe but restrained fruit, intelligent use of oak and a flinty mineral backbone it is at the pinnacle of the style in New Zealand. It will age gracefully for up to 10 years and compliment most seafood or entrée dishes.
Handpicked fruit from low yielding vines has produced an elegant, deeply scented wine with sweet, ripe cherry and plum flavours with a round and well balanced finish, with savoury and roasted oak characters. Aged in French oak barriques, half new, this handcrafted single vineyard wine can be enjoyed now or cellared for up to seven years.
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