- Ata Rangi
- Pinot Noir
- 2022 - 2029
- Case size
- Available Now
Wine Advocate, February 2019,
The 2016 McCrone Vineyard Pinot Noir is leafy and savory, with dark cherry fruit in the background. It's medium to full-bodied, rich and tannic on the palate, with a long, velvety finish. Give this a year or two to come into its own, then drink it over the next decade. Drink 2020-2030
James Suckling, December 2019,
This has richness and a riper feel than the ‘regular’ Ata Rangi pinot bottling and offers red to dark cherries, delivered in a style that has plenty of structure and more muscular tannin texture. The palate has a sleek feel and a finely detailed and attractive, long draw on the spicy finish. Drink or hold. Screw cap.
Jancis Robinson, February 2019,
Pale ruby with some black tints. Crunchy blackberry and violets, herb and earth. Firm tannins, juicy acidity, spice, pepper and earth. Salty tang. Tense and tightly wound. Great wine. Drink 2023-2028.
Ata Rangi celebrated their 40 year birthday in 2021. This small family-owned winery has a big reputation for world-class Pinot and in 2010 this cuvee was granted the New Zealand equivalent of Grand Cru: Tipuranga Teitei o Aotearoa. This site has everything. In the late 1970s Dr Derek Milne’s seminal soil and climate report compared it directly to Burgundy. Clive Paton and his family have been making world-beating wines on it ever since. Now head winemaker, Helen Masters, is taking it to ever greater heights. In 2019 she was awarded New Zealand Winemaker of the Year by Gourmet Traveller WINE magazine, a superb recognition of her 16 years’ work at Ata Rangi. The original vines are between 25 and 40 years old and impart a wonderful depth of complexity to the beautifully perfumed fruit. The fabled Abel clone, allegedly smuggled in a wellington boot from Burgundy in the mid-70s, makes up 40% of the blend. No-one is absolutely sure which estate it came from, but two renowned Burgundy vineyard sites are frequently mentioned… DRC being one!