The palate delivers lovely weight and roundness, beautifully complemented by silky texture and pristine fruit flavours as well as subtle savoury complexity, finishing long and satisfying. This is a very composed young pinot once again. June 2018, Gentle earthy, loamy aromas accent dark cherry and plum fruit on the nose of the 2015 Pinot Noir. A “drift of acidity” and mellow tannins give it that velvet, coloured brick dimension; it’s a quirky wine, with great harmony and complexity. They tend to hold back McCrone, releasing it later than the estate Pinot Noir. I know I am bad and I should pay more attention, but no matter which way you slice the old tamarillo, this is an outstanding wine that stands up and performs every time. Indigenous yeast ferments, hand plunged throughout. On the palate, it is finely poised, with intense citrusy, limey, slightly spicy flavours, showing lovely depth, delicacy, vigour and harmony. www.BobsWineReviews, Martinborough legends Ata Rangi simply don’t release wines short of the mark. It isn’t the flagship pinot from Ata Rangi but boy is this a powerful wine. The mouthfeel is fine-textured and the wine leads to a dry, very long and sustained, thirst-quenching finish of limes, toast and minerals. Strong release from this great producer. Drink : 2017 – 2025+ www.winefront.com.au, Dense, complex pinot noir in a typical Ata Rangi style, with a nice mix of fruit and savoury characters. March 2018, A complex and giving wine that was born of a low-yielding, dry vintage, this is testament to the character of these older vines. The season of 2018 has delivered a finely structured palate, with a gentle sweet entry and enticing bramble fruits and finishes with a flourish of fine savoury tannins – classic Martinborough. The Real Review, Youthful, crisp, fruity and varietal with crushed red cherry and wild raspberry flavours, medium+ acidity and new tannin textures. The structure grows, and subtle savoury game and undergrowth complexities appear on mid-palate and flow through to a lingering finish with an array of lush flavours. The flavours blossom with spices and florals as the wine carries to a long, lingering finish. Serve with game meat over the next 5-7+ years. November 2017. www.jamessuckling.com, Raranga means woven in Maori, reflecting the winemaking techniques. Winemaker Helen Masters does Ata Rangi founder Clive Paton proud with this silky smooth, intensely perfumed winner. Bob Campbell MW, Pale to medium ruby in color, the 2008 McCrone Vineyard Pinot Noir is made with fruit from the recently acquired six-hectare McCrone Vineyard, which is 13 years old and has clay in the soil profile that other sites don’t have. June 2018. Paton founded Ata Rangi winery 40 years ago. 10% whole bunch, given a cool soak and indigenous yeast fermented to 13.8% alc. www.raymondchanwinereviews.co.nz, Bright, very pale straw colour with some green hues, very pale on rim. What a wine! It clearly shows great cellaring potential although I must admit that I thoroughly enjoyed the wine leftover wine from my tasting with some roast lamb. Deeply coloured with just a flash of purple, the 2015 Pinot Noir is a beautifully fragrant wine. Deep ruby, it has dense cherry, plum and spice flavours, woven with fresh acidity. This is a rich and deep, dryish Pinot Gris with stonefruit, floral and honied hints on a well-driven palate with freshness. The resulting wine presents a medley of aromas on the nose: tree-ripened plums, mulberry, exotic five spice and liquorice. A bit earthy, fruity and fragrant all in one. This is a multi-faceted Martinborough Riesling. Quite dense yet supple, with a core of sweet fruit supported by fine, ripe tannins. Elegance, freshness of fruit, more methoxypyrazine gooseberry fruit, bright acidity and delicate textures were the aim, and for this, she’s used some skin contact and 30% in barrel. As well as maintaining a very close relationship with the vineyard team, she champions our ISO14001 Environmental certification programme and is the face of the business in our extensive range of overseas markets. Kahu, Walnut Ridge Di Mattina, ARV, Craighall - Martinborough Gladstone Vineyard - Wairarapa, Pinot Noir, Cabernet Franc, Merlot, Syrah, Pinot Gris, Red varietal destemmed and pressed, juice settled overnight and then racked to barrel and tank. Good value at this price. The nose is fresh and firm with a finely concentrated core of cherry, cranberry, pomegranate and quince fruit aromas along with subtle notes of fresh herbs, unfolding red florals and mouthwatering minerals. I find it hard to imagine how they can improve on this wine … but they will.96/100 BobsWineReviews.com, The 2010 Ata Rangi is, once again, all class. I have a very minor, but annoying, cold-like thing at the moment which is accentuating bitterness and I have to shift my perception of wines just a little bit to accommodate for this. The nose is elegantly presented with a soft, rich amalgam of ripe yellow stonefruits and savoury citrus fruits harmoniously entwined with layers of creamy, nutty barrel-ferment elements and lemon-curd notes from MLF. November 2019, A Kiwi classic that lives up to its lofty reputation despite a vintage that presented challenges. The Merlot and Malbec portions are from vines planted in 1984 and 1986, they portions were the stars of this vintage with the slightly warmer nights delivering depth of flavour and fully ripe tannins that we don’t achieve every vintage. The Wine Front, This is probably the best vintage of Ata Rangi Pinot Noir that I’ve tasted. Ruby-coloured, it shows earthy, meaty aromas, where leather and pepper merge with prune, blueberry, blackcurrant and leafy, dried-herb characters in the mouth. Fruit predominantly from the ‘Lismore’ vineyard on the Martinborough Terrace, hand-picked, WBP and fermented with 20% in seasoned oak to 13.5% alc. I am thorough. Best drinking 2014+. A safe cellaring wine. As part of our 40 years on the land we’ve colaborated with Reid Brothers Distilling here in Martinborough. Best drinking 2015+. This classic label sprang to prominence 25 years ago and ranks among the country’s greatest reds. Higher clay content in the soil has helped produce a richer, weightier wine than the leaner, more minerally regular label. The fruit flavours of dark-red berry fruits are fresh, vibrant, ripe and bright, with nuances of fresh herbs. Supple and silky texture on the palate with a warmth and spiced white flesh fruits; balanced, weighty, decent acidity and finishing dry. Vines planted in 2002 with soil that has more clay than the other sites/vineyards. The oak reads as roasted nuts rather than smoky wood. Mouth-watering and showing fruit clarity, the flavours flow to a very long finish with red floral and strawberry flavours and thirst-quenching juiciness. The fruit is supported by fine-grained, supple tannins and enlivened by fresh background acidity. The wine is fermented with indigenous yeasts and maturation is for 11 months in French oak barriques, 25 to 30 per cent new. Ata Rangi, thanks largely to talented and highly respected Winemaker Helen Masters, has an enviable reputation as one of the New World’s most respected Pinot Noir producers and remains proudly in family ownership. This is a wine of surprising power that lingers tantalisingly long after it has been swallowed. Dry to taste and tightly concentrated, this is elegant in proportion for its intensity and depth. 35% whole bunch with the remainder destemmed. 89/100. The wine is restrained and tightly structured, promising to evolve magnificently. Dry to taste and medium-bodied, the palate has an elegant and rounded core with an array of flavours showing gooseberries, green stonefruits, fresh herbs, hints of capsicums and cut grass, along with mouthwatering elements. Benchmark pinot gris in a truly dry style with ripe pear and baked apple flavours together with a subtle seasoning of clove and anise. One of the great-value pinot noirs of the world. Abel, 5, Dijon and 10/5 clones given a cold soak and indigenous yeast fermented with 30% whole clusters to 13.5% alc., the wine spending 18 – 24 days on skins and aged 11 months in 35% new French oak. A touch of sweetness, also some richness; very appealing flavour and balance. A delectable offering showing charm and delight. A full and enticing nose of aromas; blueberry and boysenberry tempered by darker spice flavours of cocoa nib and black cardamom, add to that complex savoury notes of manuka bark and sundried tomatoes. The aromatics build in intensity with aeration. The center billows soft and deceptively airy, finishing in a run of succulent, fresh and satisfying tannins that leave you breathless. www.raymondchanwinereviews.co.nz. One of the country’s best.95/100 BobsWineReviews.com, This memorable Martinborough wine has notable richness, complexity and downright drinkability. The first session was on ‘smooth reds’, and among the tasting wines were these three beauties.” [Ata Rangi Pinot Noir 2010, Domaine Daniel Rion Nuits St Georges Les Hauts Pruliers 1er Cru 2006 Burgundy, and Domaine A Cabernet Sauvignon 2005 Tasmania, Australia], When Ata Rangi was recognised by its peers as being the first equal producer of Pinot Noir in this country I thought the honour well deserved. A food-friendly wine that will continue to develop for another year or two. Another classic wine that many a wine list will appreciate. And here I’m tasting what the terroir and the season have delivered. Very sweet and luscious, this is quite tightly bound and elegant in proportion, Ripe citrus fruits, marmalade, exotic musk, honey and caramel flavours form a good core to the palate which is very smooth, slippery and plush in texture. The palate is complex, with great weight and precision, with a lingering finish which is a hallmark of our Craighall Chardonnay. The best NZ syrah ever, perhaps. www.jamessuckling.com, This is half Burgundy, the good terroir half, and half New World, again the best fruity parts. Needs a little more time to settle down. A blend of 51% merlot, 28% syrah, 10% cabernet sauvignon, 7% malbec and cabernet franc (4%). Ata Rangi Pinot Noir is undoubtedly the flagship wine, and in 2010 was honoured with the inaugural Tipuranga Teitei o Aotearoa or "Grand Cru of New Zealand”. Clive planted the bare, stony five hectare home paddock at the edge of Martinborough in 1980 and, in doing so, was one of a handful … (375 ml) 19.0+/20. Drink 2011-2018. Yet it is not uncomfortably tart. It’s superbly concentrated and weighty on the palate, while remaining elegant and refined with fine texture and perfectly pitched acidity. It’s supremely elegant yet intense and persistent. Total tank time 20 - 23 days. Deep and youthful in colour, it is still a baby, with layers of cherry and spice, very savoury and complex flavours, showing excellent concentration and vigour. Good acidity is present and carries through to a moderately long, lingering finish with marmalade and toffee nuances. www.raymondchanwinereviews.co.nz. The nose has aromas of fresh pears and peaches highlighted by touches of dill seed and white pepper. The deep gravels temper the vigour of the otherwise rampant Sauvignon Blanc vine, giving less overall canopy. There is a soft entry to the palate, which then opens out with a flourish to reveal exotic flavours of Chinese five spice and a splash of fresh cedar. November 2017. www.jamessuckling.com, Very pale straw colour. The 2008 vintage (4.5*), sourced entirely from Martinborough, is a blend of Merlot (35 per cent), Syrah (35 per cent), and the two Cabernets (Sauvignon and Franc). 47% Merlot,41% Syrah, 6% Malbec 6% Cab Franc. The really pure red cherry and boysenberry pinot fruits come complete with a subtle twist of spice and are evenly ripened and nicely caught. Superb, once again. Dark-fleshed plum, black cherry with a suggestion of floral, mixed spice and sweet herbs. This is very primary in expression and very accessible on nose. Rich, lush and succulent blackcurrant flavours underline the fruit. Rich, creamy and smooth-textured pinot gris, with ripe pear and baked apple flavours together with a subtle seasoning of clove and anise. This is a great opportunity to compare these three wines with four years of age. Made from Hawke’s Bay merlot with small amounts of their pinot noir and syrah, the bouquet shows delicate aromas of white stone fruit, fresh apple, citrus and floral with a touch of cranberry. Highly recommended. It’s long, linear and seamless. Elegant, aromatic pinot noir with bright, high energy floral, violet, cherry, fresh herb, star anise and restrained spicy oak supported by fine tannins and juicy acidity. Nice crunchiness and purity here. The reductive notes lend a little bitterness to the expression, but aromatic spice and pepper nuances and good acid balance emerge on the finish. It’s a serious wine in an elegant style with good development potential. Malo-lactic fermentation in barrel. Helen has been the driving force of excellence in our winemaking since 2003. Dryish to taste and medium-full bodied, the palate has a rich and deep heart of white and yellow stonefruits along with florals, honeysuckle and hints of pears, unveiling subtle nutty and mineral nuances. Match with game meat and Mediterranean cuisine over the next 8-10 years. At its best: now to 2026. The palate delivers lovely weight and roundness, beautifully complemented by silky texture and pristine fruit flavours as well as subtle savoury complexity, finishing long and satisfying. Medium-bodied and elegant in the mouth, it has low to medium levels of very finely knit tannins that are balanced alongside a medium to high level of soft acidity. The nose displays classic lime cordial notes which opens up to reveal more excotic aromas of cardamon, roasted fennel, green papaya and lemongrass. A fabulous array of different cherry fruit characters, hints of citrus zest and saffron plus some foresty bracken to add. This is a sweet-fruited and vibrant and finely structured Pinot Noir with the beginnings of secondary interest showing. The finish is long and sustained with succulent fruit flavours, balanced by fine tannins. www.atarangi.co.nz. Aptly named Old Vine Abel Pinot Noir this wine is both elegant and powerful the essence of Ata Rangi Pinot Noir. The mouthfeel is rounded and approachable, the richness carrying the wine to a soft, fruit-laden finish. Wine Orbit, Complex and alluring bouquet of Pinot Noir led by aromas of stony minerality, a steely haunting layer amidst aromas of red berries and red apple; then vanilla and sweet oak scents. Creamy and rich textures from the barrel-ferment are cut by lacy acidity, and the flavours build to blossom on a full, long, ethereal finish with a complex interaction of mealy fruit, nuts and flint. Finely tuned tannins top it all off – and while it’s a salubrious sip now, it’ll only improve with time. Brilliant.96/100. A fabulous wine with amazing purity and class. The wine coincided with the death of a special friend of Ata Rangi, and comes from a single vineyard. The bouquet is marked by reduction, but has warm, earthy, black and red fruits, predominantly in the plum range, with some tobacco notes and restrained layers of spice and dark herbs underneath. Has grip and structure with some firmness and a nice acid core. Ample plump fruit coupled with good flow and line make for an attractive mix of friendliness and seriousness. It’s not a big wine, but it has real presence and drive. It shows apple pie, mineral, light cream, and mango. The nose is full and up-front with voluminous aromas of dark raspberries with notes of blackberries, lifted whole berry fermentation plum jam notes, unfolding liquorice and raspberry liqueur elements. Such fragrance here! The fruit expression is more slender than a riper vintage, but this still has fruit intensity of stonefruits and pears. in French oak barriques Un-inoculated ferment. www.raymondchanwinereviews.co.nz. Good structure, too. www.raymondchanwinereviews.co.nz, Medium bodied Pinot with savoury flavours and herbs with dark berry fruit. Fermented in tank and puncheon to 14.0% alc. This wine always stands out in the ultimate test – the blind tasting – proving that although Martinborough accounts for only 2.8 per cent of New Zealand’s total vineyard area, the quality is always high. Like this a lot. Good acid tension and balanced extraction provides vitality to the mouthfeel with its concentrated core of flavours which carry through to a long and sustained, lively finish with violetty florals and spicy plums. Attractive ethereal wine with delicacy and charm. The fruit richness is supported by fine-grained tannin extraction structure with good, elegant grip, and enlivened by softly ripe acidity. and dryness. Brilliant straw-yellow colour with slight green hues, lighter on the rim. $65. Our cool south prevailing wind during spring is brutal on developing bunches at flowering resulting in looser, lighter bunch weights providing lower yields. Named for Project Crimson, aimed at the protection of the red-flowering native Pohutakawa and Rata trees. I tried this before dinner, then with some roast duck, then after dinner – so all bases covered and it looked lovely right the way through. Serve with coq au vin and casseroles over the next 6-8 years. Serve with rich seafood, pork and veal dishes over the next 4-6 years.19.5-/20 Raymond Chan Wine Reviews, The flagship chardonnay from Ata Rangi, this is sourced from old Mendoza vines, so expect a powerful wine. Three picks of botrytised Riesling from the ‘Kahu’ vineyard, the whole bunches foot-trodden and rehydrated overnight, and cool-fermented in tank to 12.0% alc. Akin to a Chassagne-Montrachet. This is elegantly proportioned on nose with bright, vibrant dark raspberry and cherry fruit aromas, along with notes of fresh herbs and a hint of flinty, minerally reduction and oak spice adding layers of interest.nbsp; Medium-full bodied, this is bright and juicy with up-front and mouthfilling, rich, dark berry fruit flavours which are enhanced by fresh, lively acidity. 4 to 6 days pre-fermentation maceration. Very fine wine. The star feature is a silken, mouth-filling and totally seductive texture although the complex layering of fruit and savoury flavours is nearly as appealing. You have to sit on it for a while to realise it fills a far larger canvas than the bigger, louder styles from around the country. This is really, really good. A balanced, complex chardonnay. This second-tier label is based on “younger” vines and is designed for early drinking – within three or four years of the harvest. On day two: a glorious wine had blossomed, with a wonderful complexity of deep-set dark cherries, spices and dried herbs, adding up to a beguiling fragrance. The icon is in fine form once again, showing all the haunting complexity and swirling grace that sets this wine apart as New Zealand’s pre-eminent pinot noir. This is smooth-textured, sleek and very fine-featured. Honeyed botrytis is certainly evident but the wine shows plenty of ripe riesling character. I said it last year and I’ll say it again – it’s a beautiful label. Nourishing, well-balanced red. At its best: 2019 to 2027. This is a beautifully elegant, detailed and complex Chardonnay with richness, intensity and refinement. 18/20. Moreover, this wine has ... 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