Escarpment, Pahi, Martinborough, New Zealand 2015

Escarpment, Pahi, Martinborough, New Zealand 2015


Escarpment Pahi is one of the four wines of Insight Series which was created by Larry McKenna with the desire to craft a Pinot Noir that was purely dedicated to expressing the unique vineyard characteristics, known as terroir, of the Martinborough Terraces.

This wine has a particular style; soft, ripe, pure fruit expressions in an exceedingly New World Pinot Noir.

Made with traditional methods like in Burgundy. Fermented using indigenous yeasts in traditional wood cuvees, matured 18 months in 30% new French oak barriques and fined using egg whites to protect fruity flavours and softening the mouth feel and texture.

Very limited, highly regarded beautiful wine.

Drink now - 2025

(€50,27 / liter)
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Ranked 28th in James Suckling's Top 100 Wines of New Zealand 2017

92 points, Wine Spectator - Vibrant, with blood orange and plum flavors that are juicy and expressive. Mineral and herb notes linger in the background. Dense, muscular tannins provide the framework. Drink now through 2027. 300 cases made.

19+ points, Raymond Chan: The palate has a concentrated core with fine-grained, flowery tannin structure and refined acidity. Floral elements unfold and carry through to an aromatic, lingering finish of finesse. This is an elegantly concentrated, refined Pinot Noir with ripe black fruits, florals, liquorice and spice notes, integrated with whole bunch detail and flowery structure.



Martinborough, New Zealanad

Martinborough is a small town with around 1,500 residents and surrounding district has some of New Zealand's most highly respected boutique wineries. Martinborough's cool climate and excellent soils are perfect for the production of balanced, elegant wines made from Pinot Noir and Chardonnay. Its climate is compared with that of Burgundy in France and famous for its exceptional quality of Pinot Noir, arguably one of the bests in the World. The style of this wine is regarded to be more complex than its counterparts from another famous Pinot Noir region, Central Otago.




Escarpment is known for its powerful and complex Pinot Noir wines, and particularly its flagship wine Kupe, which is widely regarded as a benchmark for that variety in New Zealand. Larry McKenna – known as Larry McPinot – is the man behind Escarpment. His name goes hand-in-hand with the best quality Pinot Noir from New Zealand. Escarpment is registered as a Sustainable NZ producer and is currently following a five-year plan to become organically certified.