2019 Ata Rangi Potiki Chardonnay

93 Points Richard Caro
In stock
A delicious new Chardonnay label from Ata Rangi. The Potiki Chardonnay is sourced in Martinborough — like their Craighall — though in this case from their younger vines (Potiki means "last-born" child). The result is a wine of great vibrancy and freshness, which has been expertly handled and rounded out by fermentation and aging in select oak vessels. A lovely new wine from Martinborough's old hands, the youthful Potiki is one to try.
$34.99 in mixed 6+ or $38.99 per bottle

Grape

Chardonnay

Its Origins

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

Winemaker notes on current 2019 vintage

"Pōtiki, meaning ‘last born’ in Maori, is blended from a selection of newer plantings and some of our more established blocks on the Martinborough Terrace. A brilliant vintage with low crops has provided concentration and detail, resulting in a wine that is engaging, vibrant and beautifully balanced. — Bright aromas of citrus blossom, apple, blanched almonds with a hint of lime leaf. The palate is focused, with a salty, mineral line and fresh flavours of lemon and coriander. This is a youthful wine that’s delicious drinking now, but it will also reward further with cellar age. Barrel fermented in 300 litre puncheons with indigenous yeasts."

94/100 Wine Orbit, Sam Kim (2018 vintage)

"This is splendidly styled and composed, showing ripe nectarine, rockmelon, citrus peel and nougat characters on the nose. It's equally attractive on the palate with excellent weight and persistency, wonderfully complemented by creamy mouthfeel and refreshing acidity. Fabulously balanced and harmonious. At its best: now to 2024. $34.00. www.atarangi.co.nz. March 2020." Drink 2020 - 2024

91/100 Bob Campbell MW (2018 vintage)

"New (to me at least) chardonnay brand from a selection of newer plantings - Potiki means 'last born'. Creamy, seamless chardonnay with tree fruit, peacherine, spice and nutty oak flavours. A classy wine in an accessible style. 30 MAR 2020." Drink 2020 - 2023

Variety Chardonnay
Region Martinborough / Wairarapa
Closure Cap
Volume 750ml
Alcohol 13.00%
Maturity 2021 - 2025

This Wine Goes Well With

with CHICKEN
with PORK
with POULTRY

Taste

4

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