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2015 Ata Rangi Martinborough Crimson Pinot Noir

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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

2015 marks 35 years on the land at Ata Rangi, our younger vines now aged from 5-20 years. In their youth, vines tend to be more fruit expressive, gaining more complexity with time. The 2016 very much shows a turning point from vibrant youth to tension and complexity that more mature vines bring. Aromatically this wine offers layers of flavours: violets, dark cherry and plum, notes of bitter chocolate and tobacco with a faint whiff of rabbit guts. There is a fresh vibrancy on the palate of acid and smooth tannins pulling the wine through to a long, salivating finish. 2016 started well with a gentle spring that encouraged even flowering and fruit set across the vineyards. Early summer was calm, without the winds that plagued 2015 and the vines were in great shape to deal with a hotter than average February. March saw a return to cooler conditions, a perfect finish to the season. 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.

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2015 Ata Rangi Martinborough Crimson Pinot Noir

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James Suckling (2015 Vintage) says
New Zealand's best-value pinot noir, hands down. Polished, bright and fragrant red cherry fruits take center stage on the nose with little in the way of embellishment or distraction. The really pure red cherry and boysenberry pinot fruits come complete with a subtle twist of spice and are evenly ripened and nicely caught. The palate has a gently rainy tannin texture and some bright and tart cherry fruits. Nice and juicy, super bright, upbeat and fresh. Drink now.
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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.
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