Ata Rangi Pinot Noirs
Winery : Ata Rangi
Clive Paton, the founder of Ata Rangi (which translates as 'new dawn') planted the original home block in 1980, making him one of the handful of pioneers of the Martinborough region. The wines go from strength to strength: Helen Masters' masterful winemaking, vine age, a deep understanding of site and the wisdom of decades shows in every beautiful new release. Only the oldest parcels of fruit are used in Ata Rangi Pinot Noir. The fabled Abel clone makes up 40% of the blend.
The McCrone Vineyard was planted in 2001. Clonal material is a mix of the Ata Rangi Abel clone, Dijon clones and Clone 5. The vineyard was originally owned by Don and Carole McCrone who also owned a 10 acre pinot noir vineyard in Yamhill, Oregon. Clive Paton and the Ata Rangi team developed the Martinborough block for the McCrones and later purchased the vineyard. The wine is always released with at least four years bottle age.