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One of the closely guarded secrets which remained cardinal to the preeminence of Grange Hermitage, was the sacred tally of exceptional vineyards which were called on to provide fruit for the new world's most stately Shiraz. The elite Grange Growers Club is one of the nation's more exclusive fellowships, an illustrious canon of distinguished wine growing families which are the stuff of Australian viticultural history. One of McLaren Vale's most eminent dynasties, Oliver's of Taranga were an essential inclusion into many of the mighty Grange's most memorable vintages. Oliver Taranga's estate flagship HJ Reserve Shiraz represents peerless value for a wine of its provenance, power, persistence and depth, $50.99 and drinking sensationally... A principal part of the great grange»
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Escarpment Pinot Noir Martinborough CONFIRM VINTAGE

Pinot Noir Wellington Martinborough New Zealand
Escarpment is a joint venture by Heathcote Estate/ Yabby Lake's dynamic duo, the Messrs Kirby and McKenna. No expense was spared, the pick of Pinot Noir rootstock and clones were established to precious alluvial gravel terraces at the base of Aorangi Ranges. Inspired by the classics of Burgundy, Escarpment expresses the distinctive character of Martinborough's unique terroir. Engaging perfumes, elegant flavours and soft ripe tannins are all hallmarks of the finest Martinborough Pinot Noir.
Available in cases of 6
Case of 6
$299.50
Since inaugural vintage, Escarpment has been a Tour de force in Martinborough Pinot Noir, combining power, structure and complexity. Inspired by the classics of Burgundy, winemaking is a combination of new and old world techniques, ideally suited to the intense Escarpment style. Grapes are all hand picked from the estate's Te Muna Road property, Cleland and Bunny Vineyards. Fruit is handled without any mechanical pumping, pressed and treated to an indigenous yeast ferment whilst hand plunged every twelve hours, followed by a course of eighteen days maceration. The finished wine is aged eleven months in a high proportion of new, exclusively French oak barriques.
Satin purple colour with robes of red. A heady perfume, European, expressing earth and richness, fragrant Pinot fruits, cherry and licorice. Elegant palate with rich flavours and soft ripe tannins. The distinctive Escarpment style showing complexity, attractive texture and the perfect mix of black, red and green fruit flavours which make Pinot Noir memorable.
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