33% Cabernet Franc, 30% Pinot Noir, 16% Merlot, 13% Syrah and 8% Cabernet Sauvignon
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
18/20 Raymond Chan (2018 vintage)
"Bright eye-of-the partridge colour with some depth, lighter on the rim. The nose is fresh and firm with a finely concentrated core of cherry, cranberry, pomegranate and quince fruit aromas along with subtle notes of fresh herbs, unfolding red florals and mouthwatering minerals. The aromatics grow in presence in the glass. Dry to taste and medium-full bodied, the palate has rich and vibrantly luscious, sweet flavours of red cherries, pomegranate with subtle notes of quince and cranberries, with floral elements. The fruit is lively with the sweetness balanced by thirst-quenching acidity, and the wine flows along a very fine-textured line, with energy, leading to a lingering nuanced finish. Serve with antipasto and tapas over the next 2 years. A blend of 33% Cabernet Franc, 30% Pinot Noir, 16% Merlot, 13% Syrah and 8% Cabernet Sauvignon, the fruit 70% from the ‘Kahu’, ‘Hau Ariki Marae’, ‘Di Mattina’ ‘ARV’ and ‘Craighall’ sites in Martinborough and 30% from the Noetzli Family vineyard, Maraekakaho, Hawke’s Bay, crushed and given several hours skin contact and fermented with indigenous yeasts in barrel and stainless-steel to 13.5% alc. and dryness. 18.0/20 Nov 2018 RRP $20.00."
91/100 Wine Orbit, Sam Kim (2015 vintage)
"This is a fabulous dry rose. Made from Hawkes Bay merlot with small amounts of their pinot noir and syrah, the bouquet shows delicate aromas of white stone fruit, fresh apple, citrus and floral with a touch of cranberry. The palate is beautifully weighted and juicy, and shows wonderful brightness, finishing long and juicy. Delightful, refreshing and so pleasing. At its best: now to 2017. $20.00."
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