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.
18.5-/20 Raymond Chan
"The nose is elegant in expression with a soft heart and gently concentrated aromas of white and yellow stonefruits along with subtle white floral elements, stonefruit kernels, with a little nutty lees and oak. The aromatics build in intensity with aeration. Dryish to taste and medium-full bodied, the palate has a rich and deep heart of white and yellow stonefruits along with florals, honeysuckle and hints of pears, unveiling subtle nutty and mineral nuances. The fruit has breadth and presence, and is underlined by some alcohol drive. The palate flows along a fine-textured phenolic line with crisp acidity lending freshness and cut. Serve with Thai, Vietnamese and Japanese cuisine over the next 3-4 years. Hand-picked fruit from ‘Lismore’, ‘Ata Rangi’, ‘Walnut Ridge’ and ‘Stonecutter’ vineyards, vines up to 23 y.o., WBP and indigenous yeast fermented in tanks and 500 L puncheons to 13.5% alc. and 4.6 g/L RS, the wine aged several months on lees with no MLF. 18.5-/20 Nov 2018 RRP $28.00."
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