Break time for Escarpment grape pickers during the vintage sixteen harvest.


We loved the time at Escarpment. Larry Mckenna has a really great and hard working team in place. This included the group of 20 or so French grape pickers who were not shy of grafting between the vines. The team were relaxed about us filming here and that enabled us to get some really good shooting done. We filmed from first light to lights out and then Larry cooked us something on the barbecue at his home in Martinborough. The food was of course accompanied by some sensational Pinot Noir.

When we asked Larry why Pinot Noir he said: “The cuisine of 50 years ago was certainly different to today and maybe that suited heavier styled red wines but I see the sort of food we are enjoying these days as fresh, clean, lighter, more suited to fruitier, lighter based red wines. Pinot Noir fits that category for me. It’s still a serious red wine but it has complexity, texture and structure as well as fantastic flavour.”

Escarpment produces around 70% of its output in Pinot Noir and has a second focus on  Chardonnay but this only accounts for around 10% of wines produced.

Our favourite wine here was the Escarpment Kupe 2014.

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