Escarpment Kupe Pinot Noir, New Zealand Wine Day and JustJess from Wine TV
New Zealand Wine Day is less than a month away, February 5th, so mark your calendars and get some Kiwi wine ready to drink and celebrate with!
I popped a bottle of Escarpment Kupe Pinot Noir in preparation for the big day, and this wine is a winner. I met with Larry McKenna, WineMaker for Escarpment, in Denver for the Complexity New Zealand Wine Launch. From his passion I could see why the winery is so successful and producing award winning wines year in and out.
Escarpment is situated in beautiful, picturesque Martinborough overlooking the Aorangi Ranges. The name Kupe on this Pinot Noir has a great story behind it, which according to Maori legend he was “the great Polynesian voyager who discovered New Zealand… Kupe left his three canoes, Nga Waka, on top of the range, giving rise to the now familiar landmark of the district, the three flat-topped hills on top of the range, which resemble unturned canoes. This warrior and his story provide the inspiration for the vineyard’s distinctive brand and logo.”
Besides having a great story, the wine is fantastic. This is a Burgundian style Pinot with great depth, and it’s earthy mushroom and dark plum notes were delicious.
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