The Escarpment Vineyard, was born out of a passion for Pinot Noir. It is based around 24 hectares of prime viticultural land nestled on the banks overlooking the Huangarua River, Martinborough. Much is close-planted in the latest clones of Pinot Noir, supported by plantings of Pinot Gris and lesser plantings of Piot Blanc, Riesling and Chardonnay.
Referred to by various wine writers and authorities as everything from the ‘Prince of Pinot Noir’, the ‘Godfather of Pinot Noir’, a Pinot Noir ‘legend’, and ‘maestro’, winemaker Larry McKenna has built a solid reputation for understanding and gaining the best out of this typically stubborn and capricious grape.
The release of Escarpment Kupe Pinot Noir 2005 heralded the arrival of one of New Zealand’s finest. A true reflection of both Martinborough’s unique terroir and the skills and experience of their winemaker.
In 2014 Larry was inducted to New Zealand Wine Hall of Fame in recognition of his major contribution to the New Zealand wine industry.