Escarpment Kiwa Pinot Noir Martinborough 2020/21
Kiwa is a beautiful medium bodied, super floral expression of Martinborough Pinot Noir and the 2020 new release is an outstanding wine for drinking now and for cellaring. It's made from one of the oldest vineyards in Martinborough and expresses exotic spicy aromas with a soft, sensuous mouthfeel. This vintage of Kiwa was matured for 16 months in French oak, 31% new, then bottled unfined and unfiltered.
Kiwa comes from the Cleland Vineyard in Cambridge Road, Martinborough.
Grapes were fermented using indigenous yeast in traditional wooden cuvees, hand plunged every 12 hours, with a total vat time of 21 days. The finished wine was matured for 18 months in French oak barriques, 40% new. It was fined to protect the flavours and aid brightness in the glass but the wine was bottled without filtration, promoting soft mouth feel and texture. This is an outstanding example of classic Pinot Noir. It will continue to develop for up to 10 years and is a great match with game food and savoury, earthy flavours, such as mushrooms.