Ata Rangi Martinborough Pinot Noir 2018

Ata Rangi Martinborough Pinot Noir 2018

 

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

Experts Score Vintage
BC Bob Campbell MW 96 2018
JS James Suckling 96 2018
WE Wine Enthusiast 96 2017
RP Robert Parker 93 2017
DCT Decanter 93 2016
More information on wine critics and ratings

Dark cherry, dark chocolate, damson plum, and a heady potpourri of rose petal, vanilla and spice aromas lift from the glass, flow across the palate and on through to the long finish of this powerful Pinot Noir.

Tannins are plentiful and fine, creating the full, plush, fleshy texture. A warmer than average season has delivered excellent ripeness not only to the berries but also to grape stems and seeds, allowing to include around 10% whole and intact bunches in the ferments.

This technique chosen only in warm seasons allows a portion of ripe stem tannin to supplement the skin and seed tannins in bolstering a wine’s shape and structure.

Still young and firm, this brooding pinot will continue to open and develop into a more savoury expression going forward.

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) : 96 Points (2018)
Elegant, aromatic pinot noir with bright, high energy floral, violet, cherry, fresh herb, star anise and restrained spicy oak supported by fine tannins and juicy acidity. An attractively fragrant, supple wine that's a little lighter than usual but gives a nod in the direction of Burgundy and shows promising ageing potential. (8/2020)

James Suckling (JS) : 96 Points (2018)
Aromas of red cherries, cedar, dry brown spices, forest berries and wood, as well as rose-like perfume. It opens and aromatically enriches with some air. The palate has all the trademark layering of smooth tannins and a smoothly ripe ball of fresh red cherries. Assertive drive to the finish. (11/2021)

Wine Enthusiast (WE) : 96 Points (2017)
From extremely low-yielding, organic vines, this flagship Pinot, which sees 30% whole bunch and a native yeast fermentation, is beautifully expressive. Complex, harmonious and elegant, it ripples with pristine, brambly fruit, dried florals, spices, river stone minerality and a savory, meaty nuance. The palate is silky with crystalline acidity, laced with fine, chalky tannins. Still a baby, this needs a decanter to drink now but will age well through 2040. *Ranked #31 in Wine Enthusiast Top 100 of 2020* (CP) (7/2020)

Robert Parker (RP) : 93 Points (2017)
Cool, slightly minty stem notes accent bright cherry fruit in the 2017 Pinot Noir, most of which was picked before the rains, according to winemaker Helen Masters. It's crisp and medium-bodied, with silky tannins and a long, refreshing finish. It may be even longer-lived than I've suggested.

Decanter (DCT) : 93 Points (2016)
This is pure, scented and delicate on the mid-palate counterbalanced by its density. It's a pretty expression, with sweet up-front plum fruit and a fine line of acidity and sinew, drawing this wine out on the medium-long finish. The whole bunch component has risen from 20% to 35% since 2013. Drink 2020-2030. (12/2017)

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Craighall Chardonnay 2017
RP
91
JR
88
JS
92
Hand-picked fruit was whole bunch pressed in a Willmes membrane press. Unsettled juice was fully barrel-fermented in Burgundy barriques, of which 25% was new oak, using indigenous yeasts.…
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Célèbre 2013
JR
88
RP
92
Aromas and flavours run the gamut from plum, blackberry and dark chocolate to hints of liquorice, star-anise and black olive. The wine is tight, yet succulent and juicy. The Merlot and…
39,00 €
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Ata Rangi McCrone Vineyard Pinot Noir 2018
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RP
93
This wine is a bolder style than Ata Rangi's flagship Pinot Noir. The nose has rich, spicy aromas with a hint of manuka flower. On the palate, velvety tannins are supported by savoury flavours with a juicy and complex finish.
71,50 €
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Ata Rangi Martinborough Pinot Noir 2018 Reviewed by Bob Campbell MW 17-01-2024 . Score: 5