Ata Rangi Crimson Pinot Noir 2018

Ata Rangi Crimson Pinot Noir 2018

 

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Ata Rangi
Crimson Pinot Noir 2018
  • Vintage : 2018
  • Country : New Zealand
  • Region : Martinborough
  • Subregion
  • Type : Red
  • Style Light Fruity Red
  • Format : 75cl
  • Alcohol : 13,5°
  • Grappes : 100% Pinot Noir

Pinot Noir made from younger parcels of vines from Ata Rangi's various vineyards on the Martinborough Terrace. Named after Project Crimson, a Charitable Conservation Trust focused on saving two red-flowering native trees, sponsored by Ata Rangi.

Experts Score Vintage
BC Bob Campbell MW 94 2018
JS James Suckling 93 2018
RP Robert Parker 91 2018
WE Wine Enthusiast 91 2018
DCT Decanter 91 2018
BH Burghound 90 2018
VN Vinous (Antonio Galloni) 90 2016
JR Jancis Robinson 16.5 2015
More information on wine critics and ratings

Vineyards:

Crimson is a wine which was inspired by a love of New Zealand's native 'Christmas Trees' the rata and pohutukawa trees. Sales of this wine support Project Crimson, a charitable conservation trust which plants and protects these trees. The Pinot Noir grapes for Crimson are produced from 10-20 year old Martinborough vines in Lismore, Waiora and Walnut Ridge blocks.

Vinification:

The grapes were hand picked and 100% destemmed, keeping as much whole berry fruit as possible. Pre-fermentation maceration lasted between two and six days. The must was inoculated with indigenous yeasts and hand plunged during fermentation that lasted two to three weeks. The wine was racked into barrel, of which 20% was new oak, where it remained for a further nine months after malolactic fermentation until bottling in February.

Ata Rangi is owned and run by Clive Paton and his wife Phyll, together with Clive’s sister Alison and winemaker Helen Masters. Clive planted the bare, stony home paddock at the edge of Martinborough in 1980 and, in doing so, was one of a handful of people who pioneered grape growing in the area. Ata Rangi’s first vineyard covered less than five hectares of thin, well-drained alluvial soil. They are now according to UK winewriter Tim Atkin, "widely regarded as New… Read more

Bob Campbell MW (BC) : 94 Points (2018)
Aromatic pinot noir with an appealing mix of cherry, plum, mint, dried herbs, and spicy and stemmy flavours. A supple, attractive wine that's perhaps not as concentrated as its distinguished stable mate, but represents excellent value at this price. A wine of character and class. (9/2019)

James Suckling (JS) : 93 Points (2018)
There’s so much to this wine. It is a pinot that really speaks of quality tannin, fresh and quite concentrated fruit flavors and a layered, succulent, fleshy and rich, dark-cherry finish. One of the best value wines on the planet, hands down! Drink now. Screw cap. (8/2019)

Robert Parker (RP) : 91 Points (2018)
The 2018 Crimson Pinot Noir is a blend of fruit from vines up to about 20 years of age. Originally, it was a fruit-forward, young-vines cuvée, but this vintage is cut from sturdier cloth, showing some serious tannins on the finish. It's pretty and perfumed up front, with scents of roses and berry tea, adding raspberries and cherries on the medium-bodied, structured palate. Give it another year or two in the cellar, then drink it over the next 7-8 years.

Wine Enthusiast (WE) : 91 Points (2018)
Like the name itself, this wine is vibrant crimson in color. There's a slight reductive funk on the nose, but this blows off quickly in the glass, replaced by bright red fruit, crushed violet, and minerals, all backed by something more savory and stalky, like soy sauce and cinnamon stick. In the mouth it's light and lithe, crunching with fresh fruit and saline notes through to the finish, and wound tightly by powdery tannins. Simultaneously serious yet approachable. (CP) (9/2020)

Decanter (DCT) : 91 Points (2018)
It’s tempting to recommend the superb Ata Rangi Pinot Noir, or the now dormant Craighall Chardonnay (the virused block is being replanted); even the Te Wa Sauvignon Blanc is impressive for the category. But this more affordable Pinot is a real showcase for both this organic winery and Wairarapa as a whole, boasting a glorious aroma of pomegranate and rose, rounded off with lovely cherry fruit on a supple palate. (OS) (9/2020)

Burghound (BH) : 90 Points (2018)
A discreetly floral-suffused nose is also very pretty and features slightly higher-toned aromas of red cherry, raspberry and currant. The very supple and delicious if again not especially concentrated flavors possess a beautiful texture; indeed it is succulent, all wrapped in a slightly firmer, compact and youthfully austere finish that offers a bit better depth and persistence. (10/2020)

Vinous (Antonio Galloni) (VN) : 90 Points (2016)
The 2016 Crimson Martinborough Pinot Noir has an elegant bouquet with raspberry, cranberry and sous-bois aromas that are quite Old World in style. The palate is well balanced, displaying fine grip and a slightly grainy texture, but there is a sense of tension here. It needs a little more finesse towards the finish but otherwise this should give up to five years of drinking enjoyment. (NM) (11/2018)

Jancis Robinson (JR) : 16.5 Points (2015)
Tasted Feb 2017 - Vines less than 20 years old. Matured in 20% new oak. Light, bright crimson. Not trying to make a sweet Pinot but it’s pretty round fruit. Some delicacy. Still quite youthful.

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Ata Rangi Crimson Pinot Noir 2018 Reviewed by Bob Campbell MW 03-10-2020 . Score: 4.5