2013 Escarpment Pinot Noir Te Rehua, Wairarapa (750ml)

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Country: New Zealand
Region: Martinborough
Sub-Region: Wairarapa
Grape Varietal: Pinot Noir
Review Score: 96-97JS

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The most brooding of the Escarpment pinot noirs, this has a dark, mineral nose with graphite and slate, building to earth-crusted herbs, toasted nuts, dark chocolate, glacé orange peel, wet earth and crushed violets. The complexity is deeply integrated. On the palate there's striking clarity and focus, and the tannins are fine-tuned, super-smooth and rippling with energy. They drive long, smooth, clear, while dark-cherry and plum fruit flavors run alongside and wash up through the finish. A classic rendition of pinot in the iron-fist-and-velvet-glove style. Drink in 2019.

96-97 points, James Suckling (Oct 2014)