Ata Rangi, meaning "dawn sky" or "new beginning" is a small New Zealand winery with an enviable international reputation for Pinot Noir. Located at the southern end of the North Island, it is owned and managed by a family trio - Clive Paton, wife Phyll and Clive's sister Ali. Clive planted the first vines on a small, stony sheep paddock at the edge of the Martinborough village in 1980 as one of a handful of people who pioneered winegrowing in the area, after reading a 1978 scientific report which showed Martinborough had a micro-climate similar to that of Burgundy. In 2010 Ata Rangi was honoured with the inaugural Tipuranga Teitei o Aotearoa or "Grand Cru of New Zealand". With a skilled team in place, including dynamic winemaker Helen Masters, Clive now has more time to focus on his commitment to conservation and to the Ata Rangi alliance with Project Crimson. Ata Rangi is ISO-14001 and SWNZ certified, with a slow move into organic viticulture taking place as of now.
What The Critics Say
95/100 Bob Campbell MW
"Tight, elegant wine with mineral, matchstick, grapefruit and nutty yeast lees characters. Subtle wine with impressive underlying power. Moderately concentrated with potential for bottle development. 22/8/2016" Drink 2016 - 2021
19/20 Raymond Chan
"Always a wonderful comparison with the ‘Craighall’, the ‘Petrie’ from a higher altitude, cooler site AT East Taratahi, which lends it to the contemporary gunflint elegance. Bright, very pale straw yellow. This is very intense and penetrating with sweet stonefruits entwined with gunflint and minerals, but completed by smoke, nuts and oak. On palate very tight, fresh and crisp, but still with sweet, underlying friuit. This combines luscious and raciness with minerality.
17/20 Jancis Robinson MW
"Bright pale gold. Very charming and friendly. Not unlike a really good traditional Meursault. Chewy end. Davis clones 5 and 15. Petrie vineyard is 30 km away towards Gladstone (which is generally a bit rainier with cooler soils). Barrel fermented then straight into 300-litre barrels, 20% new oak and moving away from the traditional hot burgundian toast that left too toasty an imprint. Sometimes use Bordeaux coopers. Ambient yeast. Not much stirring now, just at the beginning to get it dry."
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