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Ata Rangi McCrone Pinot Noir 2013

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Ata Rangi's McCrone Vineyard was originally established by our team for friends Don and Carole 
McCrone who also grow pinot noir for leading Oregon producer Ken Wright Cellars.
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Ata Rangi's McCrone Vineyard was originally established by our team for friends Don and Carole 
McCrone who also grow pinot noir for leading Oregon producer Ken Wright Cellars. By 2001, 
when this 6-acre vineyard was planted, we had 20 years of pinot experience and were able to choose clones and trellising styles that we considered consistently top performing. Unlike our own vineyard soil profiles, the McCrone site just around the corner in Regent St has a smattering of clay within the gravels. The cooling effect of this clay delivers a distinctively different aroma and flavour profile than that of the Ata Rangi Pinot Noir, even with vine age taken into account. 
The 2013 McCrone is our fourth release from this single site. Bottled in August 2014 this wine has been allowed to slowly evolve prior to release in August 2016. Now a gorgeous mix of floral notes lavender, rose and bramble fruit, intertwined with earthy notes of angelica root and Chinese five spice. The palate has bright red fruits and a moreish, supple quality to the tannins that we find is a character from sites that have clay fines within the free draining gravels.

Customer Reviews

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Ata Rangi McCrone Vineyard Pinot Noir 2013 - 96 points Review by Gourmet Traveller Wine
The two-and-a-half hectare McCrone Vineyard was planted in 2001 with Abel, Clone 5 and Dijon clones 115 and 777. This is the fourth release (other vintages are 2008, 2009 and 2011). Dense, rich, flavour-packed pinot noir with black-fleshed plum, spice, floral and a strong savoury/stemmy character that might derive from the use of 30 per cent whole bunches in the fermentation. A complex and powerful wine with cellaring potential. (Posted on 4/01/2017)
Ata Rangi McCrone Vineyard Pinot Noir 2013 - 18.5/20 pts Review by Raymond Chan | October 2016
Even ruby-red colour with some depth, a little lighter on the rim with slight purple hues. This has a well-bound and finely concentrated, intense bouquet of dark-red berry and cherry fruits interwoven with subtle, savoury dried herb, earth, nutty and mineral complexities, unveiling nuances of spice, liquorice, and violet florals. The nose is still fresh, vibrant and lively, and just beginning to show secondary complexities. Medium-bodied, the palate is well-proportioned with deep and intense, tightly bound flavours of savoury dark red berry and cherry fruit complexed by subtle dried herb, herb and earthy layers. The palate has a refined grip, structure and linearity, with balanced, integrated acidity, and the textures carry the wine to a long, finely concentrated finish of savoury red berry and cherry fruit. This is a well-proportioned, tightly bound, fine-and seriously structured, savoury red-fruited Pinot Noir just beginning to show secondary complexities. Serve with coq au vin and casseroles over the next 6-8 years. The fourth release of a ‘McCrone’ vineyard Pinot Noir. Clones Abel, 5, 115 and 777 from the 2.43 ha ‘McCrone’ vineyard in Regent Street, vines planted 2001, fermented to 13.5% alc., the wine on skins up to 21 days and aged 11 months in 20% new French oak barriques. (Posted on 12/10/2016)

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Technical Data
Harvest Date

  27 to 29  March       


100%  Ata Rangi McCrone Vineyard
Plantings in Abel, Clone 5 and 
Dijon Clones 115 and 777    

Harvest Brix

 22.8  -  243.6

Bottling Date

 August 2014 


 now through to 2025

Wine Analysis

 Alc. 13.5%
 TA 5 g/l  
 pH 3.62


4 to 6 days pre-fermentation maceration. With 30% whole bunch. 

Peak temp 32°C. Up to 21 days until pressing. Malo-lactic fermentation in barrel. 11 months 

in French oak barriques

(20% new oak)