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Ata Rangi Crimson 2016 375ml

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Crimson is our selection of fruit from younger parcels of vines from our various vineyards on the Martinborough Terrace.
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2016 marks 36 years on the land at Ata Rangi, our younger vines now aged from 5-20 years. In their youth, vines tend to be more fruit expressive, gaining more complexity with time. The 2016 very much shows a turning point from vibrant youth to tension and complexity that more mature vines bring. Aromatically this wine offers layers of flavours: violets, dark cherry and plum, notes of bitter chocolate and tobacco with a faint whiff of rabbit guts. There is a fresh vibrancy on the palate of acid and smooth tannins pulling the wine through to a long, salivating finish. 2016 started well with a gentle spring that encouraged even flowering and fruit set across the vineyards. Early summer was calm, without the winds that plagued 2015 and the vines were in great shape to deal with a hotter than average February. March saw a return to cooler conditions, a perfect finish to the season. The winemaking philosophy is the same as for our signature Pinot Noir; no enzymes or yeasts are added, providing a hands-off, traditional approach which we feel more truly expresses the site.

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Ata Rangi Crimson Pinot Noir 2016 - 18.5/20 Review by Raymond Chan | April 2017
Full, deep, dark ruby-red colour with youthful purple hues, a little lighter on the edge. The nose is full and up-front with voluminous aromas of dark raspberries with notes of blackberries, lifted whole berry fermentation plum jam notes, unfolding liquorice and raspberry liqueur elements. This is very primary in expression and very accessible on nose. Medium-full bodied, the palate is rich and plush with succulently sweet and luscious flavours of ripe dark raspberries, blackberries and plums, unfolding red liquorice and raspberry liqueur layers. The fruit is supported by fine-grained, supple tannins and enlivened by fresh background acidity. The mouthfeel is rounded and approachable, the richness carrying the wine to a soft, fruit-laden finish. This is a rich and succulent, primary-fruited Pinot Noir with fine, supple tannins, a rounded mouthfeel and plenty of vibrant, primary energy and freshness. It needs a few months to harmonise, but is already delicious. Serve with Asian and Middle Eastern fare over the next 4-5 years. Hand-picked fruit, clones 5, 10/5, Abel and Dijon clones, vines 5-20 y.o., destemmed and indigenous yeast fermented with a high proportion of whole berries to 13.5% alc., the wine aged 10 months in 20% new French oak. Proceeds of sales of this wine go towards ‘Project Crimson’ for the conservation of the native Rata and Pohutakawa. (Posted on 11/04/2017)

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Technical Data
Harvest Date

23 March - 17 April 2015 

Pinot Noir Clones 

Abel, Dijon clones, Clone 5, 10/5

Harvest Analysis

Brix 22-24.0

Bottling Date

February 2017

Cellaring

5 to 10 years

Wine Analysis

Alc    13.5%
TA     5.4 g/l
  

Winemaking

Hand-picked fruit. 100% de-stemmed with as much whole berry as possible intact.
2 to 6 days pre-fermentation maceration. Indigenous yeast ferments, hand plunged throughout. 2-3 weeks’ total tank time. Complete malo-lactic fermentation in barrel. Nine months in French oak (20% new).