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The Seventh Great New Zealand Pinot Noir Classification is out - Matthew Jukes' and Tyson Stelzer's annual classification of New Zealand’s best pinot noir producers. Matthew and Tyson stress "the strength of achieving even [a] One Star rating."

We're very pleased that Ata Rangi Pinot Noir has received its seventh-in-a-row 5-star rating - one for every year this well-regarded rating system has been running.

Also, it was a pleasure to see a very strong showing for Martinborough in the overall results, further evidence that we well and truly punch above our weight given the very small percentage of New Zealand vine real estate we make up. Special congratulations to our good neighbours Cambridge Road and Kusuda, who have both moved up a tier this year. 

And, on the subject of brothers, you'll find nine of our siblings in The Family of Twelve with us on the list, too.

View the full classification as a pdf

Posted By Pete Monk

 Here's a rather rare souvenir - the menu from the Prime Minister's private dinner with Prince William and Kate.

Posted By Pete Monk

Melanie's dream with The New Zealand Cellar is to create an online catalogue showcasing the diversity of wines from New Zealand, wines she has had the pleasure of judging, tasting but also sharing with friends over the years.

That extends not only to being able to deliver the finest of New Zealand's premium wine straight to a UK customer's door, but to create conversations around kiwi wine that inform and educate as a source of inspiration and experimentation in a very crowded marketplace.

Ata Rangi is an enthusiastic backer of Melanie's efforts. We're looking forward to seeing the conversation grow - and with it, the spread of exposure of New Zealand's best wines to UK consumers. We're biased, of course, but we think more people over there deserve to enjoy the amazing things we make.

A Toast to The New Zealand Cellar!

Posted By Pete Monk

What makes Sauvignon Blanc different in Martinborough? What makes Ata Rangi's Sauvignon Blanc so distinctive? From regional geographical characteristics, to climatic impacts to winemaking approaches, in this brief video, Helen Masters & Clive Paton discuss Ata Rangi's 2013 Sauvignon Blanc and offer a preview of 2014 through blending and tasting of tank samples.

 

Posted By Pete Monk

In September, we hosted a rather special vertical tasting in London, comprising two decades of our Pinot Noir. 

Julia Harding MW joined us, and has taken the time to write a comprehensive review of the wines and the context of winemaking here in Martinborough.

Here's the introduction section of the review, reproduced by kind permission of JancisRobinson.com. Tasting notes are published here on its Purple Pages. If you're not a member, we highly recommend a subscription.

For the PDF introduction click here.

 

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