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2014 Ata Rangi Martinborough Pinot Noir

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The pinot noirs of Ata Rangi are what wine enthusiasts go bonkers over. It's very French in it's style with highly appealing aromas of florals, spiced cherries and hints of mocha, along with a touch of white pepper. The palate is medium-bodied with red and black berries at its heart, licks of savouriness, tight acidity, fine tannins, and a long, spicy finish. This little puppy will live and improve for a few years.

Winemaker's Notes

Only the oldest and most revered parcels of fruit are used in this, our premium Pinot Noir. The fabled Abel clone, allegedly smuggled from Burgundy in the mid-70s, makes up 40% of the blend. The result is a very complex, structured wine, beautifully perfumed in the classic Ata Rangi style. Exotic spice, dark cherry and rose petal are offset by a more savoury array of aromas and flavours on the finish. This is a very complete and graceful wine; succulent and generous on the palate yet supple, sinewy, long and fine. Another excellent vintage to follow 2013, the season was characterised by an unusually warm, settled spring. This trend continued through flowering and on into January. February and March were thankfully cooler than usual, stretching out the season and preserving aromatics as the evenly-formed bunches steadily ripened. Interestingly, accumulated Growing Degree Days of 1170 (a measure of heat across the growing season) leading into this harvest were, in the end, almost identical to those for the fabled 2013.

25% whole bunch with the remainder destemmed. Tanks held cool for 5 to 6 days before fermentation by indigenous yeasts. Peak ferment temp 32oC, all ferments hand-plunged. Total tank time 20 - 26 days. After pressing, complete malolactic ferment in oak. 11 months total in French oak (35% new).

Alc/Vol: 14.0%

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2014 Ata Rangi Martinborough Pinot Noir

Expert Reviews

Bob Campbell MW (2014 Vintage) says
Dense, complex pinot noir in a typical Ata Rangi style, with a nice mix of fruit and savoury characters. Dark-fleshed plum, black cherry with a suggestion of floral, mixed spice and sweet herbs. Spectacular wine with plenty of power and an incredibly lengthy finish. More accessible than the previous vintage was at this stage but showing great cellaring potential. The best Ata Rangi pinot noir I've tasted.
2016 - 2028
bobcampbell.nz
99
Huon Hooke (2014 Vintage) says
Softer and more accessible than the 2013, this is a superbly elegant wine with appealing purity and real power delivered with subtlety. Complex with plum, cherry, subtle savoury/spicy notes and very classy oak. Another triumph from one of NZ's best producers.
Gourmet Traveller Wine, June 2016
97
Gary Walsh (2015 Vintage) says
Rosy, dark cherry, ripe and fleshy, a slip of vanilla oak. Medium bodied, smattering of orange peel and blood orange juice, silky tannin, gentle warmth, and a bold and sappy finish. Personality plus. Needs a couple more years in bottle before it comes into its own.
2019 - 2032+
94
Raymond Chan (2015 Vintage) says
Full, very dark, deep, ruby-red colour with youthful purple hues, a little lighter on the rim. The nose is elegantly concentrated with a deep, dense core of well-ripened dark-red cherry and berry fruit seamlessly melded with subtle dark-red florals, dark herbs, spices and oak elements, unfolding black-berried fruits. The aromatics are exceptionally harmonious and integrated, and the nose is quite complete. Medium-full bodied, the palate features rich and succulently sweet flavours of dark-red cherry and berry fruits along with black fruits lifted by dark-red and violet florals and subtle notes of dark herbs. Suggestions of spice and oak emerge. The flavours are beautifully precise, detailed and harmoniously balanced, and the mouthfeel very supple and fine-textured with flowery tannin extraction. The acidity is integrated and provides vitality for the refined core and line. The wine flows seamlessly to a long and sustained, complete finish. This is a beautifully rich and multi layered and detailed Pinot Noir of precision and harmony, with succulently sweet fruit and refined structure, enabling accessibility, and showing completeness. It will develop fine complexities over the next 7-10 years. Serve with poultry, pork, lamb and venison dishes.
98
Bob Campbell MW (2015 Vintage) says
Very seductive Pinot Noir combining a sensual, silken texture with layers of complex fruit and savoury flavours. The wine has structure but it is deeply buried within a core of sweet fruit. Dark-fleshed plum, violet, cherry, spice and very subtle fresh herbs are among the more obvious flavours in this supremely complex wine. Outstanding!
2017 - 2026
99

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