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
90/100 JamesSuckling.com, Nick Stock
"An impressive sense of concentration, poise and polish to this pinot gris. An array of citrus and apple-pear fruit aromas and flavors. Finishes sweet-ish and smooth. Drink now. November 2017."
18+/20 Raymond Chan
"Very pale straw colour. The nose is elegant but intense with finely concentrated aromas of pears and stonefruits with floral lift and hints of honeysuckle. Dry to taste, the palate is tightly bound and crisp. The fruit expression is more slender than a riper vintage, but this still has fruit intensity of stonefruits and pears. The mouthfeel is near-racy, but flows seamlessly to a cool, clear finish.. From vines up to 22 y.o., fruit hand-picked and WBP, fermented partially by indigenous yeasts in tank and 500 L puncheons to 13.5% alc. and 4 g/L RS, the wine aged on lees. 18.0+/20 Oct 2017 RRP $28.00 "
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