Ata Rangi 2017 Pinot Noir
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.
At the 2010 Wellington Pinot Celebration, Ata Rangi and Felton Road were honoured with the inaugural awards 'Tipuranga Teitei o Aotearoa', which translates from Maori as 'Great Growth of New Zealand'.
Winemaker notes: Vintage 2017's cooler temperatures in the summer months brought the more delicate expressions of Martinborough Terrace to the fore... tension and elegance, rather than weight and power. Redcurrent, juniper and cranberry with floral aromas of manuka flower, sandalwood and star anise. The palate is vibrant, supple and seamless.'
Michele's notes: Medium ruby colour. Fragrant. Classic Ata Rangi aromas of cherries and wet slate plus a little clove spice, very appetising, makes the mouth water. With air, cola and milk chocolate come through. Really juicy in the mouth, succulent, with texture and volume and a complementary dry savoury finish. Flavours are persistent and the lingering after-effect is delicious.