2014 Escarpment Pinot Noir Kiwa

Pinot Noir

  • New Zealand
  • North Island
  • Wairarapa
  • Martinborough
Drink between 2016 - 2026 (Edit)
CT93.3 5 reviews
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Community Tasting Notes 3

  • Neecies wrote:

    April 16, 2018 - At J&A's, blind. Bright but dilute in flavor, no real character or presence. After reading HOWARDNZ's excellent review detailing things absent in our bottle must conclude it's in a dumb phase. Might have gotten travelshocked on the way to the tasting, too. As it was, last place in it's flight.

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  • HowardNZ Likes this wine: 93 points

    March 17, 2018 - Larry McKenna and Huw Kinch regard their Kupe as their flagship of Escarpment's single vineyard pinot noirs. Most vintages however (the 2013 is the only exception) I have thought the Kiwa the better of the two. The Kiwa has older vines (at the 2014 vintage, typically 27 years, compared with 15 years) and is on the warmer Martinborough Terraces as compared with cooler Te Muna Road. The Kupe has an earthy, savoury, Burgundy-like quality I have not reliably found in any other NZ pinot. Anyway, the 2014 Kiwa is another excellent wine ... Whole bunch 50% and new French oak 30%. Colour bright garnet with a pale rim. The bouquet simultaneously both grounded and high toned and lifted, with notes of damp peaty soil, dried herbs, bramble, fresh and dried red and black fruit and autumn leaves. There is also a top note of star anise and subtle dark florals. On palate, bone dry and savoury. Silky texture and just above medium weight showing earth, dried herbs, black tea, mushrooms and some salinity. It's drinkable now but the whole bunch element is very prominent. It's quite tannic (presumably fruit tannins as well as oak tannins), but they're good quality tannins. It is very structured and backward for a NZ pinot noir. It ideally needs 5-10 years to integrate.

    3 people found this helpful Comment
  • chatters wrote:

    October 9, 2016 - Pinotpalooza (Carriageworks, Redfern): Perfumed cherry and black berry, sweet spice, quite polished oak also some stalk notes. The stalky element is more pronounced on the palate , drying tannins but also reasonable acidic balance here. Okay

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  • By Allen Meadows
    Oct-16, Issue #64 (link)

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  • By Julia Harding MW
    5/11/2016 (link)

    (Escarpment, Kiwa Pinot Noir Martinborough Red) Subscribe to see review text.


  • By Stephen Tanzer
    New Zealand’s Pellucid Wines: More Light Than Heat (May 2016), 5/1/2016 (link)

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Wine Definition

  • Vintage 2014
  • Type Red
  • Producer Escarpment
  • Varietal Pinot Noir
  • Designation Kiwa
  • Vineyard n/a
  • Country New Zealand
  • Region North Island
  • SubRegion Wairarapa
  • Appellation Martinborough

Community Holdings

  • Pending Delivery 20 (10%)
  • In Cellars 143 (69%)
  • Consumed 43 (21%)

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