ESCARPMENT KUPE PINOT NOIR MARTINBOROUGH 17
Kupe is the king of the impressive range of Pinot Noirs from The Escarpment Vineyard in Martinborough and it stands head and shoulders above the other (already outstanding) wines.
Kupe is made from one of the most densely planted vineyards on close planted rows at 1 metre by 1.5 metres close to the ground, 100% Abel clone (aka the gumboot clone) on the home block at Te Muna Road, nine kilometres east of the Martinborough village.
It is the smallest production of all the wines. Half the fruit is dropped prior to harvest to ensure concentration of flavour and high quality. The finished wine receives 50% new oak for 18 months in French barriques and is bottled without fining or filtration.
"Kupe is the biggest but the softest of this bunch too," says Matt King, Regional Wines' store manager.