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Escarpment Chardonnay Kupe 2011

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Escarpment Kupe Single Vineyard Chardonnay 2009

In 1999, Robert and Mem Kirby and Larry and Sue McKenna met for the first time, and quickly realized they shared a great passion for Pinot Noir, and the project to develop Escarpment Vineyard began.
Collectively all four directors bring to Escarpment a world of experience, skill and understanding to the nurturing and making of fine, deliciously sublime wine. In the search for the perfect vineyard site, Larry and Sue kept coming back to the Martinborough area, an area they knew intimately and which they were convinced offered the rich mix of elements required to grow and make fine New World wines, in particular Pinot Noir. Escarpment Vineyard is planted on alluvial gravel terraces at the base of the Aorangi Ranges, the very hills made famous by the legendary Polynesian voyager who, according to Maori legend, discovered New Zealand. Kupe left his three canoes, Nga Waka, on top of the range, giving rise to the now familiar landmark of the district, the three flat-topped hills on top of the range, which resemble unturned canoes. This warrior and his story provide inspiration for Escarpment Vineyard’s distinctive brand and logo, and for Larry and his winemaking team. The partners of Escarpment Vineyard are proud to release the second vintage of our Kupe Chardonnay. The season has given us perfectly ripe fruit grown on the Martinborough Terrace’s free draining alluvial gravels. It was barrel fermented in 30% new oak and aged on fermentation lees for 12 months before being bottled in April 2010..

Technical Details.
Growing Region                Martinborough
Grape Variety                  Chardonnay
Alcohol                            14.1 %
Acidity                            6.7 g/l
pH                                   3.12
Residual Sugar                 < 1 g/l
Total Dry Extract              21.1 g/l
Maturation                      The wine was barrel fermented in 30% new oak and aged on fermentation lees for 12 months before being bottled in April 2009.

Tasting Notes
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.
Cellaring                  It will age gracefully for up to 10 years and compliment most kaimoana or entrée dishes.
Winemaker              Larry McKenna

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