Ata Rangi Pinot Noir 2016 ~ Martinborough NZ
99/100 Bob Campbell MW
98/100 Sam Kim, Wine Orbit
97/100 Nick Stock
94+/100 Gary Walsh, The Wine Front
19.5+/20 points Raymond Chan
Nick Stock "A complex and giving wine that was born of a low-yielding, dry vintage, this is testament to the character of these older vines. The nose carries a deep-set spiciness in the cinnamon and baking spice spectrum with plenty of ripe red plum, some red cherry and spiced plum pastry, too. There's a greater savory and spice emphasis this vintage. The palate has plenty of tannins, gently chewy and assertive, and it carries a core of tangy cherry pip-flavored fruit and nutty ripeness through the finish."
Dave Brookes, The Adelaide Review "Marking 30 years since Ata Rangi’s first wine, the 2015 Pinot Noir is an important release from the New Zealand winery that produces beautifully composed, seductive wines. Found Clive Paton and winemaker Helen Masters weave their magic here. Deeply coloured with just a flash of purple, the 2015 Pinot Noir is a beautifully fragrant wine. Appealing violet and jasmine notes provide a high-toned melody above the dark cherry baseline with hints of macerated strawberry, soud bois, vanilla bean, game meats and gentle, spicy oak. This is a calm wine, very comfortable in its own skin. Nothing is protruding or vying for attention. Everything is in balance. The characters from the nose transpose neatly over onto the palate. There’s precision here, with a finely-honed line driven by a seam of acidity and silky tannins. It finishes long, pure and multi-layered in its complexity. Delicious"
Sam Kim, Wine Orbit "A symphonic offering, once again, exhibiting red/black cherry, mushroom, mixed spice and vanilla characters with nuances of black tea and floral on the nose. The palate is superbly structured and seductively expressed, offering lovely fruit purity together with sensual mouthfeel and savoury undertones. Perfectly proportioned and impeccably balanced, this is another super-star in the making."
Bob Campbell MW "Very seductive pinot noir combining a sensual, silken texture with layers of complex fruit and savoury flavours. The wine has structure but it is deeply buried within a core of sweet fruit. Dark-fleshed plum, violet, cherry, spice and very subtle fresh herbs are among the more obvious flavours in this supremely complex wine. Outstanding!"
Raymond Chan "Full, very dark, deep, ruby-red colour with youthful purple hues, a little lighter on the rim. The nose is elegantly concentrated with a deep, dense core of well-ripened dark-red cherry and berry fruit seamlessly melded with subtle dark-red florals, dark herbs, spices and oak elements, unfolding black-berried fruits. The aromatics are exceptionally harmonious and integrated, and the nose is quite complete. Medium-full bodied, the palate features rich and succulently sweet flavours of dark-red cherry and berry fruits along with black fruits lifted by dark-red and violet florals and subtle notes of dark herbs. Suggestions of spice and oak emerge. The flavours are beautifully precise, detailed and harmoniously balanced, and the mouthfeel very supple and fine-textured with flowery tannin extraction. The acidity is integrated and provides vitality for the refined core and line. The wine flows seamlessly to a long and sustained, complete finish. This is a beautifully rich and multi layered and detailed Pinot Noir of precision and harmony, with succulently sweet fruit and refined structure, enabling accessibility, and showing completeness."
Gary Walsh, The Wine Front "Rosy, dark cherry, ripe and fleshy, a slip of vanilla oak. Medium bodied, smattering of orange peel and blood orange juice, silky tannin, gentle warmth, and a bold and sappy finish. Personality plus."
In 1980 Ata Rangi founder, Clive Paton planted his first vines, including the now legendary "gum-boot" clone of Pinot Noir, on a stony five hectare Martinborough paddock. Thirty years later,
Robert Parker writes "When I asked winemakers to name NZ’s greatest producers, one name kept coming up: Ata Rangi. Despite its success, which includes the flagship Pinot Noir being conferred with a Grand Cru honor, Ata Rangi remains family owned and managed. Talented winemaker Helen Masters crafts the range of exceptional wines, allowing Clive more time for his extensive conservation efforts throughout New Zealand." After four years of transition, Ata Rangi were certified in 2014 as fully organic.