Spoilt for choice on Kiwi pinot noir – Escarpment from Martinborough

There does seem to be a flood of good value NZ pinots, doesn’t there? Now another one from Martinborough in the North Island. I’m going out on a limb here because I don’t actually have any ratings at all on the actual vintages of the wine I’m about to review. Not from Bob Campbell, not from Wine Tastes in New Zealand, not from Wine Front or anyone else. So why do I think these might be a good deal?

Well, every rating that I do have for earlier vintages suggests that unless something has gone terribly wrong at Escarpment, these wine should be top class. For example, I’ve never seen a lower rating on the Kupe than 94 points
for any of the recent three vintages The ’06 Kupe was rated 5 stars by Epicure and Gourmet Traveller Wine with a RRP of around NZ$60. My sniffing around various retailers in New Zealand also seems to confirm that the prices being offered here are pretty much in line with NZ retail.

Wine Exchange Asia have these on sale as below, and they comment that the Kupe is limited stock.

Over to you to make your own choice.

2008 / Escarpment / Kupe / Martinborough / Pinot Noir / S$65
2008 / Escarpment / Kiwi / Martinborough / Pinot Noir / S$59
2008 / Escarpment / Pahi / Martinborough / Pinot Noir / S$59
2008 / Escarpment / Martinborough / Pinot Noir / S$52 – this wine is listed at the equivalent of S$49 on sale in New Zealand.

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