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Walnut Ridge Pinot Noir

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Walnut Ridge Pinot Noir

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Michael Cooper (2003 Vintage) says
Ata Rangi's second label, designed to be 'soft and approachable, even when young' is a blend of fruit from several Martinborough sites, including the award-winning Walnut Ridge vineyard and younger block. Matured in French oak barriques (25 per cent new), the 2003 vintage is deeply coloured, with loads of plum, slightly herbal, spicy, nutty flavours, smooth and generous.
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Michael Cooper (2001 Vintage) says
Bill Brink, the founder of this tiny Martinborough winery, died in 2002, leaving a rich legacy of lush, opulent, single-vineyard Pinot Noirs. The land was soon after sold to neighbouring Ata Rangi, who completed and bottled the 2001 vintage . Full-coloured, with a hint of development, it's a warm, mellow wine with savoury, spicy, complex flavours and substantial body. Rich and firm, it should be at its best during 2003-05. (From the 2003 vintage onwards, Walnut Ridge will be a blend of grapes from several Martinborough sites, including Walnut Ridge and younger vineyards.)
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Michael Cooper (2000 Vintage) says
Bill Brink, the founder of this tiny Martinborough winery, died in 2002, leaving a rich legacy of lush, opulent Pinot Noirs. Dark for Pinot Noir, the 2000 vintage was matured for a year in French oak barriques (40 per cent new). It's a notably concentrated wine, bursting with rich, sweet cherry, plum and spice flavours in a deliciously lush, warm and supple style with a lasting finish.
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Michael Cooper (1999 Vintage) says
Pinot Noir is the major success from this tiny Martinborough winery. The classy 1998 vintage is a charming yet powerful wine with impressive weight and lovely depth of sweet, ripe cherry/plum flavours, supple and persistent. The 1999 confirms the label's status. Matured for a year in French oak barriques (40 per cent new), it has a deep ruby colour, with a beautifully perfumed bouquet of raspberries, violets and smoky oak. It's a very mouthfiiling but supple wine, overflowing with cherry, plum and raspberry fruit flavours, enhanced but not overwhelmed by oak. Rich and velvety, it looks set for memorable drinking 2001 onwards.
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Michael Cooper (1998 Vintage) says
Pinot Noir is the big success from this tiny Martinborough producer. The classy 1998 vintage is a charming yet powerful wine with full colour and a highly fragrant bouquet. Matured for a year in French oak barriques (40 per cent new), it's still youthful, with impressive weight and lovely depth of sweet, ripe cherry/plum flavours, supple and persistent. Drink 2000+.
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James Halliday (1997 Vintage) says
Medium red-purple; very ripe and very sweet plummy fruit floods the bouquet, and the palate follows on in the same lush, opulent, ripe plummy fruit style. However, more is not always best.
Australian Wine Companion 2000 1999
85
Michael Cooper (1997 Vintage) says
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James Halliday (1996 Vintage) says
Light to medium red-purple; lively, clearly accented cherry and plum varietal fruit aromas lead into a well-made, nicely balanced palate with more of that cherry and plum fruit; soft tannins and subtle oak in support.
Australian Wine Companion 1999 1998
90
Michael Cooper (1996 Vintage) says
Bill Brink's Martinborough red shows consistently impressive quality. Currently delicious, the bright ruby-hued, savoury 1995 vintage is a "serious" style, mouthfilling and firm, with strong oak influence and excellent depth of cherry, plum and spice flavours. The '96 is another impressive wine. Matured in French oak casks (30 per cent new), it is a big wine with good colour depth and an abundance of warm, cherryish, smoky flavour, complex and firm. A concentrated, tannic style, it's built for cellaring.
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Michael Cooper (1995 Vintage) says
Bill Brink's Martinborough red shows consistently impressive quality. Currently delicious, the bright ruby-hued, savoury 1995 vintage is a "serious" style, mouthfilling and firm, with strong oak influence and excellent depth of cherry, plum and spice flavours. The '96 is another impressive wine. Matured in French oak casks (30 per cent new), it is a big wine with good colour depth and an abundance of warm, cherryish, smoky flavour, complex and firm. A concentrated, tannic style, it's built for cellaring.
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Michael Cooper (1994 Vintage) says
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