Ata Rangi ‘Crimson’ Pinot Noir 2017

Martinborough | $43

Crimson is our selection of fruit from younger parcels of vines from our various vineyards on the Martinborough Terrace. In their youth, vines tend to be more fruit expressive, gaining more complexity with time. Now, Crimson is developing more depth of flavour, with a mix of vines aged from 5 to 20 years.

The 2017 season was cooler than average, delivering wines of complexity and vibrant acid structure. An enticing nose of mulberry and bramble fruits complements a spice lift of tamarind paste and crushed sumac berry. The palate is long and textural with a thread of fine tannins.

The winemaking philosophy is the same as for our signature Pinot Noir: no enzymes or yeasts are added, providing a hands-off, traditional approach which we feel more truly expresses the site.

“Ruby-red colour with hints of garnet, showing moderate depth, a little lighter edged.  The nose is finely proportioned with good intensity of dark red cherry and berry fruit along with a subtle thread of fresh and dark herbs, a touch of pepper and spice, and suggestions of nutty oak.  Medium-bodied, the palate has sweet and juicy flavours of dark-red cherry and berry fruit along with subtle fresh and dark herb notes.  The mouthfeel is lively and energetic, with light, grainy tannin extraction providing structure, framework and texture, and fresh lacy acidity lending brightness.  The fruit richness is the feature and carries to an elegant, moderately long finish.  This is an elegant and vibrant Pinot Noir with cherry, berry and subtle herb flavours on a palate with good textures and freshness. 17.5/20 Raymond Chan

Ata Rangi

Martinborough

Ata Rangi, meaning “dawn sky” or “new beginning” is a small New Zealand winery with a renowned reputation for Pinot Noir. The winery and vineyards are owned and managed by a family trio – Clive Paton, his wife Phyll and his sister Alison. Clive planted his first vines on a small, stony sheep paddock at the edge of the Martinborough village in 1980 as one of a handful of people who pioneered winegrowing in the area.

Ata Rangi ‘Crimson’ Pinot Noir 2017

Martinborough | $43

$43 inc. GST

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