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2014 Ata Rangi Crimson Pinot Noir

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Cracka Review

This is the 'entry level' wine for top NZ producer Ata Rangi. It's made to drink earlier than their top pinot noir, but it is no wallflower. Scents of strawberries, black currants and and almost meaty savouriness adorns the nose, along with sniffs of dried herbs and roses. The palate is medium-bodied and dry, with a good mix of fruit and savoury flavours, a bit of tightness to the talcy tannins, and a long, spiced fruit finish. Lovely stuff!

Winemaker's Notes

Every season leaves an imprint on the wine, and Crimson Pinot Noir 2014 is a very true reflection of the year’s conditions. The spring of 2013 was unusually settled. Mercifully missing were the cold southerly winds often experienced in the Wairarapa, the benign weather delivering flowering conditions that normally reside in a winemaker’s dreams.

Overall, the growing season was mild with rain at regular intervals resulting in well-formed bunches and healthy canopies coming into the summer months. The 2014 Crimson reflects this more relaxed harvest with its enticing nose, a medley of bright red fruits, cranberry, rosehip, loganberry and a note of spicy red licorice. The palate is divinely silky with tannins that are velvety and long. Already this wine shows great balance and seductiveness, the hallmark of 2014.

Cellaring: Easily 3 to 4 years

Alcohol: 14%

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2014 Ata Rangi Crimson Pinot Noir

Expert Reviews

Mike Bennie (2015 Vintage) says
Crimson is the ‘entry level’ Ata Rangi pinot noir but also a wine that helps fund a charitable conservation trust that looks to preserve some native trees known as Rata in New Zealand. Important footnote when drinking this wine. Goodonya Clive Paton and Helen Masters. Hey, this is good lookin’. That pretty, sweet-and-floral suckers you. Smells like pot pourri, dark chocolate Turkish Delight and berries on briar, all at once. Supple to sip on. Sluice of cherry juice, fine web of tannins, barely there mocha kiss, finishes bright and faintly chalky. It’s super easy to drink but has enough concentration of flavour and direction to give a pinotphile some satisfaction. Nicely done.
2016 - 2021
Nick Stock (2010 Vintage) says
The easy-to-love Ata Rangi junior pinot is in terrific shape in 2010, with sweetly fragrant cherries and bright, deep perfume, and gentle spice and plum. The palate rolls through with round, fleshy, soft tannins: juicy, elegant, rich yet precise, this is a very composed young pinot once again.
The Good Wine Guide 2012
Tyson Stelzer (2010 Vintage) says
Such are the heights to which Ata Rangi has ascended that even its second wine is as lofty as the first wine of many estates. Impressive cherry berry fruit purity, exotic spice, anise and violet themes are commendable, but it’s a confident, fine tannin profile and great persistence that elevate this release to a new level of sophistication and longevity.
Wine Taste Edition 113 2013
Louise Radman (2008 Vintage) says
Fruitful plum & cherry pith flavours with rosebush florals & savoury spices. soft & fleshy with a vibrant core of fruit. Approachable younger vine release from an iconic NZ pinot producer
Campbell Mattinson & Gary Walsh (2008 Vintage) says
Now here's a crowd-pleaser. It's loose, buoyant and slipped with sweet, spicy oak, its dark cherry-plummed fruit flavours pure, clean and immensely attractive. It'll take a few years in the cellar, but it will also drink well from the day dot. It's an excellent insight into the high-class world of Ata Rangi.
The Big Red Wine Book 2009/10 2009
Nick Stock (2007 Vintage) says
Be afraid, be very afraid - the Ata Rangi crew has delivered a knock-out punch with this '07 Crimson. Super-bright fruit aromas here, really intense and subtly complex. There's aromas here, really intense and subtly complex. There's pure cherry flesh and gravelly mineral complexity, gentle savoury spice and haunting fragrance. The palate is supple and steadily balanced, elegant smooth tannins layer up in impressive formation, cherry flavour runs deep through the finish A long and convincing young wine.
Good Australian Wine Guide 2009 2008
Campbell Mattinson & Gary Walsh (2007 Vintage) says
Ata Rangi has been making pinot noir in this region since 1980, though this 'second' wine is a relatively recent addition. We like, we like. This has a slip of Central Otago (another New Zealand wine region) pinot included. OK, so you have to like a certain herbal twist to your more customary pinot noir flavours of cherries and redcurrant but, if you do, you'll enjoy this. It's fresh and vigorous and, like its big sibling, it has a slightly bitter herbal character, good minerality and some peaty, smoky notes. It has lots of sappy acid and a nice, spicy finish. This isn't for everyone, but we were charmed.
The Big Red Wine Book 2009/10 2009
Campbell Mattinson (2006 Vintage) says
The buzz over New Zealand pinot noir usually focuses on the Central Otago region, but personally I'm more of a Martinborough man. This is the 'second' wine of this famous pinot noir producer. 2006 RELEASE Smell this. It's intoxicating in its array of forest berries, smoke, cedarwood, tobacco and, no doubt, other yummy scents - I had to stop smelling and get down to drinking, because my mouth was watering so much. Magically, it tastes as good as it smells, its silken texture wandering deliciously across your tongue. A beauty. DRINK 2008-2014.
The Big Red Wine Book 2008

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