Pinot Noir Wellington Martinborough New Zealand
When the Kirbys and McKennas met for the first time, they quickly realized they shared a great passion for Pinot Noir, and the project to develop Escarpment was born. Collectively all four directors bring to Escarpment a world of experience, skill and understanding about the nurture of an exceptional site and the creation of sublime Pinot wines. After twenty one years of viticulture in Martinborough, Larry McKenna defines New Zealand Pinot Noir through an assemblage of exceptional sites growing some of the oldest vines in the region.
Inspired by the classic wines of Burgundy, Escarpment fashions it's marvelous range of Pinot Noir to old world style as influenced by Martinborough's unique terroir. Moana features a blend of clones, UCD 5, 6, & 13, from vines planted to deep alluvial gravel soils at Gill Cleland's Vineyard, Cambridge Road, in 1989. The wine was open top fermented in traditional wooden cuvees, hand plunged every eight hours whilst in vat over a period of sixteen days. After pressing it was matured in a combination of new and seasoned French oak barriques for twelve months. Moama was fined using a minimum of egg whites to protect the flavours, to aid brightness in the glass and promote a soft mouthfeel and texture. Approx 13.5%
Bright, impenetrable red colour. Bouquets of smoke, cedar and meats, boysenberry and ham, polished and compelling. Moana presents a more savoury, complex and spicy Pinot Noir which has become a favourite of the Escarpment winemaking team. A splendid offering, one of the most superlative red wines to come out of New Zealand.