Ata Rangi’s Pinot Noir is considered a ‘Grand Cru’ of New Zealand. The winery’s flagship wine typically shows lifted perfume, bright red fruit, savoury bramble notes underpinned by vibrant acidity and fine silky tannins. A wine of subtle power, with superb depth, complexity, structure and longevity it is a benchmark Pinot Noir for both Martinborough and New Zealand.
Vintage conditions dictate the use of stems and whole bunches in the ferment. The fruit is meticulously hand sorted at the winery with individual blocks kept separate. All barrels are tasted and typically the best plots from the best clones including the famous ‘Gumboot clone’ make the final cut for this flagship wine.
‘A significant Pinot Noir that displays immense quality, depth and completeness... Very complex indeed with exotic spices, meaty charcuterie and game meats. A fabulous array of different cherry fruit characters, hints of citrus zest and saffron plus some foresty bracken to add. The palate has immense energy and depth yet treads lightly on balanced structure and even shape, the tannins wind out and around supple flesh, gathering together and fanning at the finish, the acidity is bright throughout and the finish holds long. A masterpiece. Commanding and seductive Pinot Noir at its finest.’ 98-99 points, Nick Stock, jamessuckling.com
Some are saying 2013 was the best vintage in Martinborough in a decade. Ata Rangi winemaker Helen Masters describes it as pretty much a perfect vintage, with dramatic cool nights to retain acidity at the end of the season, creating a tension between concentration and length. This permitted her the scope to ferment with 30% of whole bunches, double the highest level of recent years. It holds this gracefully, creating a beautifully fragrant and pure red cherry and berry fruits style with wonderfully pretty violets, rose-hip and elegantly integrated spice. Impeccably fine, silky tannin structure draws out a finish of brilliant line and length. A Martinborough Pinot Noir of true grand cru calibre, and one of the greatest Ata Rangis in the 35 year history of this estate. 97 points, Tyson Stelzer, Wine Taste Weekly.
MartinboroughMartinborough is located on the North Island of New Zealand and is the island’s driest area, due to the rain shadow created by the Tararua and Rimutaka Ranges. The district is prone to spring frosts, with wind machines employed throughout the area to protect young vines from frost damage. Martinborough’s climate is cool with some maritime influence and the region enjoys one of the longest growing seasons in New Zealand. There is significant diurnal variation, excellent for preserving aromatics and acidity and the naturally breezy conditions help to curb vine vigour, resulting in low yields of grapes with great intensity and flavor concentration. Over time, the river which runs through the region, has carved out cliffs and escarpments to expose stony sub-soils, helping to create the premium vineyard site of ‘Martinborough Terrace’ built over layers of alluvial river terraces. Martinborough has significant plantings of Sauvignon Blanc, Chardonnay, Pinot Gris and Riesling but is best known for producing outstanding Pinot Noir sought the world over.