Ata Rangi Raranga Sauvignon Blanc 2018 ~ Martinborough New Zealand
95/100 - Huon Hooke
94/100 The Wine Front
93/100 Wine & Spirits
92/100 - James Suckling
92/100 - Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
18+/200 - Wine Anorak
Huon Hooke "......a glorious wine of finesse, line and length. Savoury, dried herb aromas, quite subtly complex, some lemon verbena, the palate delicate, tense and dry, crisp and lively."
Nick Stock "This has a refined, citrus edge with such focused and compact lemons and limes, as well as some green mangoes. Long, linear and fresh."
Jamie Goode "There’s a lovely ripeness and roundness here, with a faint hint of nice reduction, together with white peach, grapefruit and fine herbs, as well as a touch of tangerine. Understated and pure with nice precision. A hint of jasmine, too."
The Winemaker "Complex nose of lemon curd, citrus blossom and white peach with spicy aromatics reminiscent of cinnamon apple pie. The texture that the on-skins and barrel fermentation components bring shows itself in a suppleness creaminess, which mingles with lemon zest notes and a tangy finish."
Goeff Kelly "Ata Rangi is one of the founder vineyards, and arguably the most highly-regarded winery in the Martinborough (and Wairarapa district), perhaps because there have been no pompous claims about their wines – just constant, quiet attention to detail.”
Mathew Jukes "This stunning estate makes the most revered Pinot Noir in New Zealand.”
Lisa Perotti-Brown "…the long-serving, dedicated team behind Ata Rangi just go from strength to strength. Their Pinots have always been great and yet, even in a world where the Pinot benchmark gets higher every year, Ata Rangi is better than ever.”
Yvonne Lorkin “You’d be hard-pressed to find a list of ‘Best NZ Pinot Noir’ that does not feature Ata Rangi at the top of the list.”
Huon Hooke "When Ata Rangi started making wine and wanted to get a few runs on the board, they entered some of their wines in competitions. Different vintages of Ata Rangi Pinot Noir won the IWSC London Trophy in 1995, 1996 and 2001. The ten vintages of Ata Rangi Pinot Noir from 1996 each won gold medals and netted a total of seven trophies.
Ata Rangi no longer enters wine competitions, but the accolades continue. In 2010 Ata Rangi and Felton Road were both awarded the inaugural Tipuranga Teitei o Aotearoa or ‘Grand Cru of New Zealand’ by their peers. That’s a serious pat on the back.
Ata Rangi is a small, family-owned Martinborough winery with a big reputation, particularly for pinot noir. Their grape supply is from nearly 50 hectares of organically grown grapes from 14 small, close proximity vineyards on 30cm of shallow silt-loam on top of 25-metre deep alluvial gravels."
Ata Rangi, meaning "dawn sky" or "new beginning" is a small New Zealand winery with a big reputation. Located at the southern end of the North Island, it is owned and managed by a family trio - Clive Paton, his wife Phyll and his sister Alison. Clive planted his 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.
Martinborough is a wine-producing area in the southern part of New Zealand's North Island. The small town and surrounding district are home to around 1,500 residents and some of New Zealand's most highly respected boutique wineries.
Sauvignon Blanc is currently the bestselling white wine here in Singapore. It pairs well with white meats including Chicken, Pork and Turkey. It also complements Fish.