We have reviewed all the new Escarpment Insight Series. This is a really important release in ourÂ opinionÂ and a magnificent approach from an exceptional NZ winery. To have 4 Pinot Noir, all so individual representing the varied single vineyard terroir within the Martinborough Terraces is brilliant.
There are a lot of wineries doing great single vineyard wines, however it is that Larry has made 4 very small production wines fromÂ single vineyardsÂ within the same region that make the comparison so interesting. It’s a very Burgundy approach and one which we give great applause.
From the consumer perspective, if you taste all 4 of these wines, they will highlight the complexities and vastly different styles that emerge not only from Pinot Noir, but from one region. The Godfather of Pinot Noir, Larry McKenna, has raised the bar in terms of not only NZ wineries producing regionally/sub-regionally expressive wines, but also for the consumer who will be able to better appreciate the intricacies of this great variety.
Our End of Financial Year Wine Sale is underway. The faxes are overflowing, internet orders flooding in and the shop (warehouse) full of wine lovers tasting and selecting case loads of outstanding wine bargains.
Tell all your friends – this is the time to stock up on great wine bargains. Remember, when the stocks are gone, they’re gone – we can’t continue these crazy prices.
We must sell over 2000 cases of wine before our end of year stocktake next week.
Chris and I have just gotten back from an invitation vertical tasting of Amisfield Pinot Noir; vintages 2005 through to 2008 inclusive.
All four wines were in lovely condition but as you would expect the 2005 was in the best drinking window apropos its 5-years of age. There was definite vintage influence among them but common to all 4 wines was tastes of their terroir; dark cherry, plum and blackcurrant fruits were present in all as were touches of dried herbs, baking spices (cinnamon and nutmeg), mocha notes, truffle oil and a collection of ripe savory notes. (more…)
Here is round 2 of the vintage 2010 update. We appreciate that all these brilliant winemakers are taking the time to let us know what is happening at what is an exhaustively busy time for them all â€“ thank you. Enjoy the reviews; it is great to have this early perspective on the vintage. Cheers, Tracey