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2015 Ata Rangi Sauvignon Blanc

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Naturally low yields, older vines, small canopies and judicious, labour-intensive hand picking of the entire crop are all factors in producing this uniquely Martinborough style of Sauvignon Blanc. A small portion of de-stemmed, whole berries were loaded into a super-sized oak barrel where the juice fermented in contact with the berry skins, magically filling the entire barrel hall with intense, enticing aromatics. Adding further complexity and savoury notes, around 30% was fermented in neutral oak barrels. The on-skins component has highlighted beautiful citrus florals, with a hint of fresh fennel and lime zest, and has lent the wine an impressive textural quality with mouth-watering drive and a tight, flinty, satisfyingly long finish.

Alc/Vol: 13.5%

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2015 Ata Rangi Sauvignon Blanc

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Tyson Stelzer (2011 Vintage) says
Confident and versatile, this is a sauvignon of complexity, depth and intensity that marries fruit purity and line with the textural finish of barrel fermentation. It’s a confluence of primary nashi pear, elderflower, musk and almond meal.
2011-2012
Wine Taste Special Edition 45
93
Nick Stock (2011 Vintage) says
There's a wealth of the elderflowery sauvignon character here, some gentle stone fruits too, and a grassy thread. The palate's tangy, concentrated and open-hearthed: bright green mango and papaya fruits, and acid crunch through the finish.
Now
The Good Wine Guide
92
Nick Stock (2010 Vintage) says
Martinborough legends Ata Rangi simply don't release wines short of the mark. This outstandingly flavoursome savvy has a wealth of gooseberry and passionfruit, some subtle herbal threads and a neatly crafted palate that balances rich, ripe fruit with sizzling fresh acidity. Lovely pithy grapefruit finish that hangs on impressively.
The Good Wine Guide 2012
93
Nick Stock (2008 Vintage) says
Martinborough's 2008 vintage was seriously good and the wines across a range of styles have emerged triumphant. This has a complex mix of primary characters; some chamomile and pear, gentle tropicals and faint nutty nuances form a tiny proportion of barrel-fermented wine in the mix. Satisfying richness and impeccable balance.
The Penguin Good Australian Wine Guide 2010 2009
93

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