Escarpment Kupe Pinot Noir 2020

$95.00 Sale Save
Escarpment Kupe Pinot Noir 2020

Escarpment Kupe Pinot Noir 2020

$95.00 Sale Save
Variety - Pinot Noir
Country - New Zealand

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97 points Bob Campbell

Outer quote mark Flagship wine from the Home Block, first planted in 1999. Seductive pinot noir with a core of sweet, ripe plum and cherry flavours together with floral and spice noted. Deliciously approachable now but with cellaring potential. Inner quote mark (3/2022)

96 points James Suckling

Outer quote mark Intensely spicy and perfumed with concentrated notes of purple plums, cherry stones, rosemary, neroli, cloves, cigar box and ground coffee. The tannins are firm and tightly-knit, providing a solid frame to the dark fruit. Sensual and distinctive. Try this from 2024. Inner quote mark (9/2022)

95 points Vinous

Outer quote mark The Pinot Noir Kupe always turns the intensity and depth up a notch, and in 2020 it's no different. The own-rooted, high-density single block has been affected by phylloxera, and while 50% of the vineyard was uprooted and replanted, the remaining vines are still hanging in there, making low-yielding, concentrated fruit. The 2020 is a savory style with masses of brooding personality and lifted herbal tones not dissimilar to agave, fennel or wormwood, likely derived from a high percentage of whole bunches in the ferment. It’s mid-weight at most but has sinew and brawn from both fruit and stems. The rich tannins provide a dry, savory and grippy finish that suggests it's best to wait two to three years before even approaching. Flavors of fruitcake, baking spices and tea leaves linger long. I'd have given a higher score (yes, I know it's a 95) but I have a tiny niggle on whether the extraction could be improved. Inner quote mark (1/2022)

95 points Wine Spectator

Outer quote mark A stunning wine, opening up with fleshy black cherry, pomegranate and blood orange flavors that show perfumed details of green cardamom seed and dried violet. The tannins are dense, but also thick and velvety, giving plenty of traction to the long, expressive finish, where notes of malty Assam black tea and forest floor linger. Drink now through 2032. Inner quote mark (11/2022)