Escaroth Vineyard Pinot Noir 2018
Single Vineyard: Escaroth Vineyard
Subregion: Taylor Pass
Soil Type: Low-vigour ancient clays
Clone: Dijon clones 777 and 115
Viticulture: Dry-farmed and NZ Sustainably Certified
Growers: Andy and Kyna Laurie
Escaroth is a site that truly reflects vintage variation: this year's release displays the perfume and delicacy of the vintage, whilst retaining its innate muscular tannin structure that ensures it will age even better than Keith Richards. The low-yielding, dry-farmed site gives intensity and enables the use of a high degree of whole-bunch fermentation, adding further complexity and structure. We feel the wine is ultimately befitting of the fire-breathing dragon that guards the vineyard.
96 Points - Outstanding "A single vineyard expression presenting a complex, pure, intriguing and perfumed bouquet. Light red berry fruits, red apple skin and scents of place with aromas of fine silty clay and sand minerals then complexity from judicious use of oak with light brown kitchen spices followed by aromas of mild toasty barrel and savoury dried herb layer. Equally complex on the palate, tense and youthful with firm textures and velvet mouthfeel from tannins and acidity. Savoury with a core of fruit and flavours that reflect the bouquet. A fine wine with power and finesse, complexity and length. Best drinking from 2022 through 2030." Cameron Douglas MS, 29/04/21
Top 10 New Zealand Pinot Noir "A crazy-good wine from the Taylors Pass area of Marlborough. Lighter colour disguises a Pinot bountiful in flavour and perfume. A little funk initially on the nose, then into a rounded mid-section with real drive and ‘pop’. Great structure. Serious as well as fun. A lot going on – plush red berry fruit, loads of spice, ripe tannins. “Full of personality” said the Boss." WineFolio (NZ)
95 Points - Highest Equal Score for Marlborough Pinot Noir 2018 "Surprisingly light colour for a Kiwi pinot but the intensity and length of flavour are there. The tremendously complex bouquet speaks of undergrowth, fresh-turned earth, spices and dried fruits and flowers. Fine tannins. Elegantly focused on the palate, lingering and satisfying, it's the ideal red to serve with roast pork or mushroom risotto." Huon Hooke 28/10/21"
94 Points - 'From the Escaroth vineyard just south of Blenheim. Light in colour but not lacking in charm or power. An elegant wine with cherry, spice, dried herb, bramble and nutty oak flavours. Accessible now but should develop well with bottle age.' Drink 2021 - 2027 Bob Campbell MW, The Real Review 21/4/2021