Ata Rangi Crimson Pinot Noir 2013 ~ Martinborough, New Zealand
93/100 Nick Stock
93/100 Sam Kim
18.5/20 Raymond Chan
92/100 The Wine Front
90/100 Bob Campbell
Matthew Jukes, MoneyWeek "This stunning estate makes the most revered Pinot Noir in New Zealand"
Lisa Perrotti-Brown eRobertParker.com "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."
Nick Stock "...One of the great-value pinot noir wines of the world....A very complex Crimson showing plenty of savory character, dark, toasted spice and mocha. The oak sits up for now but will assimilate into the cranberry, raspberry and red-cherry fruit. Some herbs and bracken, too. Tannins are supple and frame the fleshy core of red-fruit flavor nicely. Acidity is bright and the depth, length and detail are certainly impressive."
Sam Kim, Wine Orbit "A beautifully styled pinot, the fragrant bouquet shows dark cherry, plum, floral and a hint of game characters. The palate is delightfully fruited with excellent weight, perfectly countered by polished tannins providing wonderful structure and length. A baby Ata Rangi perhaps, but it's a seriously good pinot noir in its own right"
Raymond Chan "Moderately deep ruby-red colour, lighter on rim with youthful purple hues. The nose is softly full with a densely concentrated core of dark red berry fruit and red florals along with a subtle complexing line of minerally reduction, dried herbs and earthy detail. With aeration, notes of raspberry liqueur and fresh herbs unfold and aromas of ripe black berry and plum fruit emerge. Medium-bodied, fruit flavours of ripe, dark red berry fruit show with excellent mouthfilling presence, forming a deep core, revealing layers of dark herbs, minerals, earthy reduction and dark red florals. The palate features very fine-grained, powdery tannin extraction and fresh, lively acid cut, with some underlying alcoholic drive. As the wine flows, the fruit sweetness grows and carries through to a concentrated but succulently fruity, long lingering finish. This is a fresh, subtly succulent Pinot Noir with complex herb and mineral nuances that grows in depth with black fruit flavours. Match with poultry, pork and Mediterranean fare over the next 5+ years."
Ata Rangi, meaning "dawn sky" or "new beginning" is a small New Zealand winery with a big reputation for serious Pinot Noir.
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 wine-growing in the area.
After four years of transition, Ata Rangi were certified in 2014 as fully organic.