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Pinot Noir

Ata Rangi Pinot Noir Martinborough 2015 - 97 Points

Nick Stock | JamesSuckling.com

A complex and giving wine that was born of a low-yielding, dry vintage, this is testament to the character of these older vines. The nose carries a deep-set spiciness in the cinnamon and baking spice spectrum with plenty of ripe red plum, some red cherry and spiced plum pastry, too. There's a greater savory and spice emphasis this vintage. The palate has plenty of tannins, gently chewy and assertive, and it carries a core of tangy cherry pip-flavored fruit and nutty ripeness through the finish. Drink now and for some years to come. November 2017

Ata Rangi Pinot Noir Martinborough 2015 - 98 Points

Sam Kim | WineOrbit

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A symphonic offering, once again, exhibiting red/black cherry, mushroom, mixed spice and vanilla characters with nuances of black tea and floral on the nose. The palate is superbly structured and seductively expressed, offering lovely fruit purity together with sensual mouthfeel and savoury undertones. Perfectly proportioned and impeccably balanced, this is another super-star in the making. At its best: 2019 to 2030. July 2017

Ata Rangi Pinot Noir 2015

Dave Brookes | The Adelaide Review

Marking 30 years since Ata Rangi’s first wine, the 2015 Pinot Noir is an important release from the New Zealand winery that produces beautifully composed, seductive wines.

Founder Clive Paton and winemaker Helen Masters weave their magic here. I remember staying in the cottage behind the winery years ago, drinking beer with Clive Paton and listening wide-eyed as he told storiesof being a pioneer in the region. Special people. Special place.

Deeply coloured with just a flash of purple, the 2015 Pinot Noir is a beautifully fragrant wine. Appealing violet and jasmine notes provide a high-toned melody above the dark cherry baseline with hints of macerated strawberry, soud bois, vanilla bean, game meats and gentle, spicy oakThis is a calm wine, very comfortable in its own skin. Nothing is protruding or vying for attention. Everything is in balance. The characters from the nose transpose neatly over onto the palate. There’s precision here, with a finely-honed line driven by a seam of acidity and silky tannins. It finishes long, pure and multi-layered in its complexity. Delicious now but will be even better years to come. October 2017

Ata Rangi Pinot Noir 2015 - 99 points

Bob Campbell

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Very seductive pinot noir combining a sensual, silken texture with layers of complex fruit and savoury flavours. The wine has structure but it is deeply buried within a core of sweet fruit. Dark-fleshed plum, violet, cherry, spice and very subtle fresh herbs are among the more obvious flavours in this supremely complex wine. Outstanding! 8/8/2017

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Ata Rangi Pinot Noir 2015 - 19.5+/20 points

Raymond Chan | April 2017

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Full, very dark, deep, ruby-red colour with youthful purple hues, a little lighter on the rim. The nose is elegantly concentrated with a deep, dense core of well-ripened dark-red cherry and berry fruit seamlessly melded with subtle dark-red florals, dark herbs, spices and oak elements, unfolding black-berried fruits. The aromatics are exceptionally harmonious and integrated, and the nose is quite complete. Medium-full bodied, the palate features rich and succulently sweet flavours of dark-red cherry and berry fruits along with black fruits lifted by dark-red and violet florals and subtle notes of dark herbs. Suggestions of spice and oak emerge. The flavours are beautifully precise, detailed and harmoniously balanced, and the mouthfeel very supple and fine-textured with flowery tannin extraction. The acidity is integrated and provides vitality for the refined core and line. The wine flows seamlessly to a long and sustained, complete finish. This is a beautifully rich and multi layered and detailed Pinot Noir of precision and harmony, with succulently sweet fruit and refined structure, enabling accessibility, and showing completeness. It will develop fine complexities over the next 7-10 years. Serve with poultry, pork, lamb and venison dishes. 40% Abel clone, the remainder 5, Dijon clones and 10/5 from the company’s oldest vines, indigenous yeast fermented with 35% whole bunches to 13.5% alc., the wine spending 20-26 days on skins and 11 months in35% new French oak.

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Ata Rangi Pinot Noir 2014 - 96 Points

Nick Stock | JamesSuckling.com

As ever this has an extra dimension and remains the high watermark for New Zealand pinot noir to be measured against. How do they do it: complete and uncompromised dedication to the cause, combined with an early play to make the most of the available land in a young region, as well as the ability to attract talented and dedicated people such as winemaker Helen Masters to the cause. Already entrancingly complex, the wine has a brambly array of cherry and summer berry fruits in addition to blueberries, some spicy saffron and earthy nuances. It's totally composed and still able to deliver a sense of aromatic purity amid web-like complexity. As you swoon into the first mouthful, it takes total control and is plush and layered with an air of playful luxury. The center billows soft and deceptively airy, finishing in a run of succulent, fresh and satisfying tannins that leave you breathless. December 2016

Ata Rangi Pinot Noir 2014 - 94 Points

The Wine Advocate | Lisa Perrotti-Brown

Medium ruby colored, the 2014 Pinot Noir gives plenty of earthy, red berry-laced characters on the nose with notes of red currants, raspberry leaves and cranberries as well as nuances of lavender, wild thyme, mossy tree bark and forest floor, plus a waft of fungi. The light to medium-bodied palate provides great intensity with red berry and earth layers supported by finely grained tannins and finishes long with some mineral hints. 31/12/16

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Ata Rangi Pinot Noir 2014 - 96 Points

Cameron Douglas | MS, 5th December 2016

Complex and beguiling bouquet of red berry fruits, layers of oak and minerality, a light dusting of dried herb and a core of ripeness. On the palate - tense, youthful and poised with flavours of red cherry fruits, mangosteen and currants, some fresh strawberry then keen new oak with fine tannins, light smoky note, plenty of acidity, poise and finish. A lovely wine with oodles of time on its side. Best not to open till late 2017 - decant for service. Optimum drinking 2018 through 2028.

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Ata Rangi Pinot Noir 2014 - 95 Points

Gary Walsh | Winefront, May, 2016

Ata Rangi smells like Ata Rangi first and Martinborough second, and while obviously both are true, this vintage seems to deliver the full character of the vineyard. Am I right, or am I right? Typical perfume of roses and potpourri, cherries black and red, spice and a chocolaty flavour in the mix laying on a bit more seduction, in case there wasn’t quite enough. Medium bodied, layers of silk and sap, mouth-perfume of roses and dried herbs, fine acidity and excellent length. Closes with a sappy/chicory bitterness that may polarise, but those who like a firm NZ tweak on the finish will take it with pinch of pleasure. Strong release from this great producer. Drink : 2017 - 2025+

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Ata Rangi Pinot Noir 2014 - 99 Points

Bob Campbell | The Real Review, June 2016

Dense, complex pinot noir in a typical Ata Rangi style, with a nice mix of fruit and savoury characters. Dark-fleshed plum, black cherry with a suggestion of floral, mixed spice and sweet herbs. Spectacular wine with plenty of power and an incredibly lengthy finish. More accessible than the previous vintage was at this stage but showing great cellaring potential. The best Ata Rangi pinot noir I've tasted.

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Ata Rangi Pinot Noir 2014 - 97 Points

Huon Hooke | Gourmet Traveller Wine, June 2016

Softer and more accessible than the 2013, this is a superbly elegant wine with appealing purity and real power delivered with subtlety. Complex with plum, cherry, subtle savoury/spicy notes and very classy oak. Another triumph from one of NZ's best producers.

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Ata Rangi Pinot Noir 2013 - 95 Points

Decanter | March 2016

Winery founder Clive Paton says 2013 has been called the vintage of a decade, perhaps the vintage of the past 30 years, but ‘time will tell’. Certainly the vintage conditions were near perfect, giving ‘pristine fruit and perfect balance’. Rich, deep, pure and concentrated, with hints of almond, violet and sweet spice to the juicy cherry fruit. Ata Rangi Pinot Noir 2013 has great length and acidity. Sacrilegious to drink it now, despite its deliciousness.

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Ata Rangi Pinot Noir 2013 - 95 Points

Andrew Graham, Spring 2015

The biggest problem with this wine will be getting hold of some - it's in hot demand (apparently). Little wonder really - Ata Rangi have been Martinborough's most prominent Pinot maker for some time now, with an enviable consistency. Ruby red purple, this kicks off with a little potpourri fragrance. Very closed otherwise. Red cherry fruit lurking underneath and the closer you look, the more it excites. No doubting that this is the best Ata Rangi wine in years! There's a classic mushroom Pinosity to this wine too, the mouth coating tannins building and building, before a refreshing finish. Absolute top tier in acid/fruit ripeness balance. High, high quality wine.

Ata Rangi Pinot Noir 2013 - 98 Points

Sam Kim | Wine Orbit, May 2015

Not surprising at all. This is really, really good. The wine is instantly seductive on the nose displaying ripe cherry, plum, floral and hints of earthy mushroom and cedar. It is elegant yet powerful on the palate, exhibiting silky texture and pure fruit intensity. Wonderfully seamless and flowing, the wine offers sensual charm and layers of irresistible flavours and texture. At its best: 2017 to 2025.

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Ata Rangi Pinot Noir 2013 - 97 Points, 5 Stars

Bob Campbell | Bob's Wine Reviews, June 2015

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Intense and potentially complex wine that is firmly structured and built for the long haul. Clearly a great wine from a great Pinot Noir producer although it really deserves to be cellared for at least a couple of years, preferably more. It was a stand-out wine when tasted in a vertical lineup. A classic mix of red-fleshed plum, dark berry and classy oak with the Ata Rangi trademark savoury character. Drink 2015–2028.

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Ata Rangi Pinot Noir 2013 - 94 Points

Joe Czerwinski | Wine Enthusiast, Aug 2015

Power and grace combine in this tour de force from Helen Masters, Ata Rangi's winemaker. Toasty oak frames intense black cherry fruit, with hints of herbs adding a savory element. Firm tannins provide ample structure, while the lengthy finish prolongs the pleasure. Drink 2018–2025.

Ata Rangi Pinot Noir 2013

Yvonne Lorkin | NZ Herald Canvas Magazine, 11 July 2015

Winemaker Helen Masters has squeezed every drop of deliciousness from 2013's stunning vintage to create this intensely perfumed wine. Cherry, red rose, smoke and sandalwood aromas lead to juicy raspberry, dried herb and anise notes in the mouth. Finely tuned tannins top it all off - and while it's a salubrious sip now, it'll only improve with time. Buy now or forever kick yourself.

Ata Rangi Pinot Noir 2013 - 98-99/100

Nick Stock | jamessuckling.com, July 2014

A significant pinot noir that displays immense quality, depth and completeness... Very complex indeed with exotic spices, meaty charcuterie and game meats. A fabulous array of different cherry fruit characters, hints of citrus zest and saffron plus some foresty bracken to add. The palate has immense energy and depth yet treads lightly on balanced structure and even shape, the tannins wind out and around supple flesh, gathering together and fanning at the finish, the acidity is bright throughout and the finish holds long.
A masterpiece. Commanding and seductive pinot noir at its finest.

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Ata Rangi Pinot Noir 2013 - 19.5/20, 5 Stars

Raymond Chan | May 2015

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Full, even, dark ruby-red colour with light purple hues on the edge. This has a very elegant and tightly bound nose, the fruit initially restrained, with a deep and concentrated core of ripe black berried and cherry fruit along the very subtle, savoury whole cluster stalk hints and black minerals. Sweet black plum, black and violet florals unfold in the glass, building in richness and complexing detail. Medium-full bodied, the palate is very tightly bound and concentrated with very fine, tannin extraction and structure encasing ripe, aromatic dark red berry and black cherry fruit. Black plums, savoury whole cluster stalk and herb, and mineral elements emerge, with fragrant floral elements. The sweetness of the fruit blossoms, and melds with the extraction. The wine flows with excellent acid tension and energy carrying to a sweet, poised, long lingering finish of black cherries, minerals, spices and herbs. This is a very tight, elegant, but rich, black-fruited Pinot Noir with refined, but significant extract and structure and a very long, minerally finish. This will evolve over the next 10-12+ years. Match with wild duck and pork, and roasted lamb, beef and venison. Abel, 5, Dijon and 10/5 clones given a cold soak and indigenous yeast fermented with 30% whole clusters to 13.5% alc., the wine spending 18 - 24 days on skins and aged 11 months in 35% new French oak.

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Ata Rangi Pinot Noir 2013 - 5 Stars

Michael Cooper | May 2014

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One of the greatest of all New Zealand wines, this Martinborough red is powerfully built and concentrated, yet seductively fragrant and supple.... The grapes are drawn from numerous sites, including the estate vineyard, planted in 1980, and the vines, up to 35 years old, have a very low average yield of 4.5 tonnes of grapes per hectare. The wine is fermented with indigenous yeasts and maturation is for 11 months in French oak barriques, 25 to 30 per cent new. The 2013 vintage (5*), from a sunny growing season with cool, clear nights, is notably vibrant, very youthful and supple. Deep ruby, it has dense cherry, plum and spice flavours, woven with fresh acidity. A beautifully poised young wine, savoury and finely textured, it is crying out for more time; open 2017+

 

Ata Rangi Pinot Noir 2012 - 98/100, 5 Stars

Bob Campbell | Gourmet Traveller Wine, December 2014

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Ata Rangi normally uses significant percentage of whiole bunches in the fermentaiton, but this year all the grapes were destemmed. This is a silken textured wine with cherry, plum, mineral and trademark savoury/herb character. An elegant wine with subtle power in its lengthy finish. This is a very good example from one of the country's premium producers. It clearly shows great cellaring potential although I must admit that I thoroughly enjoyed the wine leftover wine from my tasting with some roast lamb. Cellar to 10 years. 
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Ata Rangi Pinot Noir 2012 - 93 Points

Joe Czerwinski | Wine Enthusiast, Nov 2014

This looks to be among the best vintages for this wine, or at least it's one of the most flattering to taste young. Stunning floral notes emerge from the glass, wrapped in ripe black-cherry scents. On the palate, it's slightly plummier, but still retains those exciting rose-petal nuances and folds in hints of spice and earth. Despite the evident suppleness, there's a sense of weight and structure that suggests ageability as well.

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Ata Rangi Pinot Noir 2012

Charmian Smith | Otago Daily Times, October 2014

One of New Zealand's most acclaimed pinot noirs, this is complex, bright, and elegant with a lively charm, red fruits, hints of pepper and spice, a silky texture, and a firm backbone and finish. This will develop for 8-10 years.

Ata Rangi Pinot Noir 2012

Yvonne Lorkin | Wairarapa Times-Age, Sept 2014

You'd be hard-pressed to find a list of "Best NZ Pinot Noir" that does not feature Ata Rangi at the top of the list – and this new release is no exception.
Winemaker Helen Masters has crafted a pinot so sublime it seems to take forever to get through one glass, because every sip gives you something new and thought-provoking. It has a delicious line of exotic spices, black tea and dark berryfruit on the nose while on the palate it boasts freshness, buoyancy and layers of cherry and chocolate on the finish.
It manages to be elegant and muscular – impeccably balanced.

 

Ata Rangi Pinot Noir 2012 - 96 Points, 5 Stars

Sam Kim | WineOrbit, August 2014

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This is a quintessential Ata Rangi pinot that we know and love, exhibiting sensuality with seductive power. The bouquet is engaging and most appealing with aromas of dark cherry, plum, dried herb and floral with a touch of almond. It's supremely elegant yet intense and persistent. The wine shows seamless mouthfeel and texture, within a frame of fine/firm tannins. At its best: 2015 to 2025. 

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Ata Rangi Martinborough Pinot Noir 2012 - 18.5/20

Raymond Chan | August 2014

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Full, dark ruby-red colour, a little lighter on edge with garnet hues. The bouquet is even and integrated with aromas of dark red berry fruits lifted by delicate, piquant red floral elements along with complexing nuances of dried herbs, spices and earth that build in ethereal volume. Medium-full bodied, the mouthfeel exudes finesse with a soft, concentrated core of restrained soft red berry fruits entwined with subtle lifted florals and savoury dried herb nuances. This is tightly bound and the palate follows a very fine-grained line of flowery tannin extraction. The fruit grows in succulence, richness and detail with spicy notes unfolding, as the structure builds in support. The wine flows with excellent background acid energy leading to a balanced, very long, lingering finish. This is an elegant and stylish Pinot Noir that exudes finesse and grows in richness, interest and structure in the glass. Serve with poultry, pork and Mediterranean fare over the next 6+ years.

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Ata Rangi Pinot Noir 2012 - 94 Points

Nick Stock | www.jamessuckling.com, July 2014

Here the cooler year was expressed as a finer, fragrant pinot for Ata Rangi with bright perfume, orange zest, pomegranate, light red and pink fruits, meaty, savory elements and a distinctive peppery edge. The oak is very fragrant too. Quite tightly cut on the palate, this is built on layered, ripe tannins and a bright, acidic crunch that holds quite evenly - this will fill out nicely in the years ahead. Drink in 2018.

Ata Rangi Pinot Noir 2012 - 96/100, 5 Stars

Bob Campbell | Bob's Wine Reviews, August 2014

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Silken textured wine with cherry, plum, mineral and a trademark savoury/herb character. Elegant wine with subtle power evidenced in its very lengthy finish. A very good example from one of the country's very best producers. It clearly shows great cellaring potential although I must say I enjoyed the leftover wine with roast lamb.

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Seventh Straight Five Star Rating - Great New Zealand Pinot Classification 2014

Matthew Jukes' (UK) and Tyson Stelzer (Australia)

Ata Rangi Pinot Noir has once again secured the top 5-star rating, as it has every year since the inception of this classification. 

See the full listing and details of how the classification is assessed. 

Ata Rangi Pinot Noir 2011 - "Top pick"

John Saker | Sunday Star Times Supplement, 24 Nov 2013

I'd lined up the Ata Rangi Pinot Noir from 2008 to 2011 and was tasting them blind in terms of vintage. What a consistently beautiful body of work – I was reminded of those old Beatles EPs where every one of the four tracks offers a different take on 'amazing.'

The Ata Rangi style is not about power of frolicsome fruit. There is a contained, intelligent quality to its richness. You have to sit on it for a while to realise it fills a far larger canvas than the bigger, louder styles from around the country. Ata Rangi founder Clive Paton has always invoked ethereal Musigny as his Burgundy beacon. Winemaker Helen Masters is delivering on that brief.

Sometimes these wines can seem a little too reserved early on. I freely admit to misjudging the 2010 the first few times I tasted it. Now, when some 2010s are starting to look like misshapen hulks, the Ata Rangi is svelte and sensual, with a weightless intensity.

Because playing favourites is what I do, the Ata Rangi Pinot Noir ($75) would be my top pick. Haunting perfumes, genuine length, fruit stillness and an impressive structure are all there is this princely pinot.

Ata Rangi Pinot Noir 2011 - 96 Points

Tyson Stelzer | Wine Taste Weekly ed. 112, May 2013

As always, the lesser seasons define the greatest estates. While many in New Zealand struggled in the warm 2011 vintage, Ata Rangi shone. Early seed ripening produced impressive structure, emphasised with 20% whole bunch fermentation, more than usual for Ata Rangi. The definition of black cherries, blackberries and violets is exemplary, framed in a tightly-honed and well-defined structure, with a coiled spring of tannin tension and refined mineral definition. Notes of liquorice and coal make this an intense Ata Rangi, though lacking nothing in poise and significance.

Ata Rangi Pinot Noir 2011 - Five Stars

Michael Cooper | NZ Listener, 20 July 2013

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Typically one of the greatest of all New Zealand wines, this Martinborough red is powerfully built and concentrated, yet supple and seductively fragrant. The grapes are drawn from numerous sites, including the estate vineyard, planted in 1980; the wine is fermented with natural yeasts and maturation is for 11 months in French Oak barriques, 25-30% new.

From a warm growing season, this is an authoritative wine, beautifully perfumed and generous, with an array of plum, cherry, herb, spice and nut flavours, showing notable complexity and gentle tannins. Silky, savoury and seamless, it is a forward vintage, already delecious.

Ata Rangi Pinot Noir 2011 - 98 points

Australia Gourmet Traveller Wine Aug-Sep 2013

Top scoring Pinot in this issue of Gourmet Traveller Wine. 
Elegant and quite complex Pinot Noir with tight, powerful cherry/berry fruit flavours and an underlying sappy, savoury mineral character that lifts the wine into another quality realm. A classic Ata Rangi Pinot from a good vintage.

 Bob Campbell MW

Fifth Straight Five Star Rating - Great New Zealand Pinot Classification 2012

Matthew Jukes' (UK) and Tyson Stelzer (Australia)

Ata Rangi Pinot Noir has again received the top 5-star rating, as it has each of the five years since the inception of this classification. The 2012 list of 5-star pinot noir producers also includes Felton Road, Bell Hill and Mt Difficulty.

See the full listing and details of how the classification is assessed. 

Ata Rangi Pinot Noir 2011 - "Best of the Best"

Joëlle Thompson | Dominion-Post, 6 April 2013

This wine always stands out in the ultimate test - the blind tasting - proving that although Martinborough accounts for only 2.8 per cent of New Zealand's total vineyard area, the quality is always high. Winemaker Helen Masters does Ata Rangi founder Clive Paton proud with this silky smooth, intensely perfumed winner.

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Ata Rangi Pinot Noir 2011

Michael Cooper | www.michaelcooper.co.nz

One of the greatest of all New Zealand wines, this Martinborough red is powerfully built and concentrated, yet seductively fragrant and supple. 'Intense, opulent fruit with power beneath' is winemaker Clive Paton's goal. 'Complexity comes with time.' The grapes are drawn from numerous sites, including the estate vineyard, planted in 1980, and the vines, up to 33 years old, have an average yield of only 4.5 tonnes of grapes per hectare. The wine is fermented with indigenous yeasts and maturation is for 11 months in French oak barriques, 25 to 30 per cent new. The 2011 vintage (5*) is from a warm growing season. Deep and youthful in colour, it's an authoritative wine, beautifully perfumed, rich, ripe and supple, with an array of generous plum, cherry, herb, spice and nut flavours, showing notable complexity, and gentle tannins. Silky, savoury and seamless, it's a forward vintage, already delicious.

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Ata Rangi Pinot Noir 2011 - 93+ points

Lisa Perrotti-Brown | eRobertParker.com, April 2013

Pale to medium ruby in color, the 2011 Pinot Noir has an intensely perfumed nose with abundant floral scents of violets alongside pomegranate and cranberries, lavender and some earthy aromas. Medium-bodied and offering a good intensity of fruit, it has a medium level of fine tannins, balanced acid and a long finish. Drink it now to 2021+.

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Angus Hughson, WISH Magazine Feb 2013

Ata Rangi is a wine that always needs at least five years in the bottle to show its best. Currently it has earthy, spicy, mineral aromas with bright red fruit flavour and the silkiest of textures. Its class already shines through, but it will evolve further into a masterpiece over the next decade. 

Ata Rangi Pinot Noir 2010 - 'most revered'

Matthew Jukes, MoneyWeek, March 2013


This stunning estate, meaning 'Dawn Sky', makes the most revered Pinot Noir in New Zealand. In my annual The Great New Zealand Pinot Noir Classification... Ata Rangi is a Five Star estate. I have just come back from two weeks in NZ tasting over 500 wines for this year's Classification and it is not giving the game away to say that Ata Rangi's star rating is unchanged! The 2010 vintage from this world class property is the finest vintage I have ever tasted. You must own this wine. 

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Ata Rangi Pinot Noir 2010 - Five Stars

Michael Cooper

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'Intense, opulent fruit with power beneath' is winemaker Clive Paton's goal. 'Complexity comes with time.' The grapes are drawn from numerous sites, including the estate vineyard, planted in 1980, and the vines, up to 32 years old, have an average yield of only 4.5 tonnes of grapes per hectare. The wine is fermented with indigenous yeasts and maturation is for 11 months in French oak barriques, 25 to 30 per cent new. The 2010 vintage (5*) is described by Ata Rangi as 'a finer, more feminine expression' of Pinot Noir than the sturdy, very ripe and savoury 2009 (5*). Deep and youthful in colour, it is still a baby, with layers of cherry and spice, very savoury and complex flavours, showing excellent concentration and vigour. Best drinking 2015+.

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Ata Rangi Pinot Noir 2010 - 94 pts Wine Spectator

Mary-Ann Worobiek, Wine Spectator 15 Jun 2012

Ata Rangi Pinot Noir 2010 was the top scoring NZ Pinot Noir in USA's influential Wine Spectator extsnive recent tasting. The notes read "Exotic aromas of mahogany and sandalwood lead to supple flavours of red licorice, cranberry, cherry and raspberry that are elegant, precise and balanced. Clove and nutmeg details persist on the finish."   94/100. See the full results.

Ata Rangi Pinot Noir 2010 - review of 2012's 'best in show'

John Hawkesby | NZ Herald, 12 January 2013

Dedicated pinot followers won't have any trouble agreeing with this choice. Ata Rangi always sits in the top 5 and has done for many years. Their 2010 is sublime. As usual, perfectly balanced with a cheeky squeakiness that gives it another layer of personality. A "drift of acidity" and mellow tannins give it that velvet, coloured brick dimension; it's a quirky wine, with great harmony and complexity.

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Jo Burzynska | NZ Herald, 8 March 2013

Another great vintage from this Martinborough pioneer with the 2010 exhibiting a silken texture in a wine that unfurls to reveal complex layers of berry fruit, mineral and spice. Full article viewable here

Ata Rangi Pinot Noir 2010 - 92 points

Lisa Perrotti-Brown | eRobertParker.com, October 2012

Pale to medium ruby-purple in color, the 2010 Pinot Noir presented a little closed, with earthy, loam and underbrush aromas over cranberries, red cherries and red currants plus a whiff of lavender. Medium-bodied and elegant in the mouth, it has low to medium levels of very finely knit tannins that are balanced alongside a medium to high level of soft acidity. It finishes long and earthy. Approachable now, it should drink to 2017+.

Ata Rangi Pinot Noir 2010 - 94/100 (tasted 19 Feb 2013)

Jamie Goode: www.wineanorak.com/wineblog/

Lively, floral and sappy with a bit of spicy structure and good acidity alongside the focused cherry fruit. Youthful and precise with some smoothness to the fruit, but also some meaty, spicy edges, and some plum skin bite. A really lovely wine that needs a bit of time. 

Jamie preceded the tasting note with this picture:  "It was a beautiful pre-spring day today in London. I was doing some staff wine training for Hakkasan, the brilliant Chinese-inspired restaurant chain with two London outposts. The first session was on ‘smooth reds’, and among the tasting wines were these three beauties." [Ata Rangi Pinot Noir 2010, Domaine Daniel Rion Nuits St Georges Les Hauts Pruliers 1er Cru 2006 Burgundy, and Domaine A Cabernet Sauvignon 2005 Tasmania, Australia] 

Ata Rangi Pinot Noir 2010 - 96/100

Bob Campbell MW, Feb 2012

When Ata Rangi was recognised by its peers as being the first equal producer of Pinot Noir in this country I thought the honour well deserved. As an early pioneer of top Pinot Noir this small family company has never rested on its laurels but has worked hard to build an even better wine every year. This is one of Ata Rangi's best ever wines. The star feature is a silken, mouth-filling and totally seductive texture although the complex layering of fruit and savoury flavours is nearly as appealing. I find it hard to imagine how they can improve on this wine ... but they will.  96/100 

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Ata Rangi Pinot Noir 2010 - 96 points

Nick Stock, The Age/Sydney Morning Herald Good Wine Guide 2012

The 2010 Ata Rangi is, once again, all class. It's right in the style of fragrant, sweetly perfumed pinot that we've grown to expect from this vineyard. The nose has ripe plum and cherry fruits, deep rose perfume and integrated spicy complexity; sweet, earthy nuances are here, and cedar and vanillin too. The palate's enthralling for the sheer plushness and density it delivers: velvet like and rich, it is also elegant and precise. Tannins are ripe and fine – there's some gentle firmness showing through in this vintage which I like; they fan and curve through the middle and make a composed, lively leap off the finish. The finish is reminiscent of the perfect gymnastic dismount. Brilliant. 96/100

Ata Rangi in Great New Zealand Pinot Classification

Matthew Jukes' (UK) and Tyson Stelzer (Australia)

See the full listing and details of how the classification is assessed

Ata Rangi Pinot Noir has again received the top 5-star rating, as it has each of the five years since the inception of this classification. The 2012 list of 5-star pinot noir producers also includes Felton Road, Bell Hill and Mt Difficulty.

Ata Rangi Pinot Noir 2009 & 2010

Michael Cooper

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One of the greatest of all New Zealand wines, this Martinborough red is powerfully built and concentrated, yet seductively fragrant and supple. 'Intense, opulent fruit with power beneath' is winemaker Clive Paton's goal. 'Complexity comes with time.' The grapes are drawn from numerous sites, including the estate vineyard, planted in 1980, and the vines, up to 32 years old, have an average yield of only 4.5 tonnes of grapes per hectare. The wine is fermented with indigenous yeasts and maturation is for 11 months in French oak barriques, 25 to 30 per cent new. The 2010 vintage (5*) is described by Ata Rangi as "a finer, more feminine expression" of Pinot Noir than the sturdy, very ripe and savoury 2009 (5*). Deep and youthful in colour, it is still a baby, with layers of cherry and spice, very savoury and complex flavours, showing excellent concentration and vigour. Best drinking 2015+.

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Ata Rangi Pinot Noir 2010 - 5 Stars

Michael Cooper, The Listener, 18-24 Feb 2012

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This classic label sprang to prominence 25 years ago and ranks among the country’s greatest reds. Viewed by Ata Rangi as  “a finer, more feminine expression of pinot noir than, say, our 2007 or 2009”, it is still a baby. Deeply coloured and mouth-filling, with layers of fresh cherry, plum and spice flavours, showing notable concentration and complexity, it should be at its best from 2015 onwards. $65.

Ata Rangi Pinot Noir 2010 - 5 Stars

Raymond Chan, Jan 2012

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Fullish, dark, black-hued ruby-red with youthful purple hues.  This has a tightly bound, restrained nose that unfolds to reveal aromas of dark red plum and berry fruits with complex layers of violetty florals, herbs, mushrooms and game.  Medium-full bodied and a little shy initially, this is an elegantly proportioned wine that builds on the palate to show succulently sweet flavours of dark plums with dark herbs and liquorice.  Silky, fine tannins provide a seamless texture and the wine exudes refinement, driven by an underlying concentration.  The flavours flow to a Peacock’s tail of flavours featuring an array of floral notes.   Abel, clone 5, Dijon clones and 10/5 from the ‘Ata Rangi’, ‘Champ Ali’, ‘Di Mattina’, ‘Cambrae’, ‘Lismore’ and ‘Dodd’ vineyards, from vines up to 30 y.o.  10% whole bunch, given a cool soak and indigenous yeast fermented to 13.8% alc.  Peak temperatures 32°C, with 3-4 weeks on skins.  The wine was aged 12 months in 25% new French oak barrels.  This is a beautifully elegant and refined, but concentrated Pinot Noir that will evolve with layers of interest over the next 6-8 years.  Outstanding for the vintage.  19.0/20 

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Ata Rangi Pinot Noir 2010

Charmian Smith, Otago Daily Times, 7 March 2012

One of New Zealand's most highly acclaimed pinot noirs, this is a big young wine with layers of flavour and texture, oozing dark berries and savoury, spicy oak hinting of coffee and chocolate- it reminded me of an unsweetened, dense chocolate cherry brownie. It's delicious now but will continue to develop and integrate for several years. 

Ata Rangi Pinot Noir 2010 - 5 Stars

Cameron Douglas, Master Sommelier, Feb 2012

Nose: Youthful and vibrant with gentle herbs that underpin a power house of precise red fruit bouquet. The oak signature is reflective of the youth - obvious,but in balance. 
Palate: Dry, medium+ intensity with power and impact. "An iron fist in a velvet glove" fits this wine perfectly.Medium+ complexity and acidity with a longish finish. Very well made.94/100

Ata Rangi Pinot Noir 2010

Gary Walsh, The Wine Front, 6 Dec 2011

I've been drinking a little bit more Pinot Noir than usual recently as part of my programme of continual self-improvement...

Bright cherry, a bit of sap, roses and vanilla oak. Light on its feet, playful and frisky (as a young wine), with an appealing sweet juiciness and spiciness that's just so seductive. Admire the gentle but controlling tannins and perky freshness, though its persistence and length is what marks it out as a Pinot Noir of the highest quality. Give it a little more time in bottle to gain additional complexity and you'll not be disappointed. Completes a trio of excellent vintages from this great New World producer. 95/100 

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Ata Rangi Pinot Noir 2010

Winewise, Dec 2011

Another classy pinot from Ata Rangi which shows vibrant dark cherry aromas and flavours enhanced by very subtle wholebunch/stems complexity. The tannins are very fine, contributing to a silky texture. Highly Recommended.
 

Ata Rangi Pinot Noir 2009 - 92/100 Robert Parker Online

Lisa Perroti-Brown, Oct 2011

Naturally fermented with 10% being whole bunch, the 2009 Pinot Noir spent 12 months in French oak, 25% new. Medium ruby-purple colored, it offers expressive notes of kirsch, black raspberries, wild blueberries and violets over hints of black pepper, cedar, forest floor, humus and black truffles. Medium-full bodied with a good amount of muscular fruit, it has a medium level of grainy tannins, medium-high acid and a long earthy finish. Approachable now, it should drink best 2012 to 2017+. 92/100

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Ata Rangi Pinot Noir 2009 - Sydney Morning Herald

Huon Hooke, Sydney Morning Herald, June 2011

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This is a great pinot. It has a medium-full red-purple colour and sweet cherry aromas. Its lush palate is tight and well structured for ageing. Great fruit buit also layers of flavour complexities. Lip-smackingly delicious, it will age well. Drink now to ten years.  96/100  

Ata Rangi Pinot Noir 2009 - The Melbourne Age

Jane Faulkner, The Age, June 2011

Some of New Zealand's finest pinots hail from Martinborough, home to Ata Rangi, a pioneer of this variety with almost 30 years experience. This top red needs time to mellow. And it will. The '09 is a powerful, structured wine with ripe, firm tannins, yet young and tightly wound. It reveals cool climate black pepper, pretty floral notes, loads of lovely exotic spice and dark cherries with sweet fruit on the palate, teh oak nicely amalgamated. Cellar for at least 3 years, it will easily last up to ten years. 

Ata Rangi Pinot Noir 2009 - Top NZ Pinot

Nick Stock, The Age/Sydney Morning Herald Good Wine Guide 2011

It's going to be a hard wine to knock off for this award, and the 2009 is yet another stunning wine. Ethereal depth, complexity and palate weight. You'll struggle to find better quality and value outside of Burgundy.

The icon is in fine form once again, showing all the haunting complexity and swirling grace that sets this wine apart as New Zealand's pre-eminent pinot noir. The perfumed, light, sweet rose petals are here - really sweet and alluring - along with plenty of ripe, red-cherry fruits and all manner of fine-dusted spices scattered throughout. The palate sweeps out a web of finely meshed tannin that has incredible depth, yet carries an immense sense of delicacy and elegance. Bright cherry flavours run the gamut, there's some toasty French oak built into the mix, and the whole lot lifts effortlessly through the finish, leaving a tangy, balanced impression. Superb, once again.

Ata Rangi Pinot Noir 2009

Gary Walsh, The Wine Front, 26 Mar 2011

Ata Rangi is probably my favourite 'New World' Pinot producer. I tried this before dinner, then with some roast duck, then after dinner – so all bases covered and it looked lovely right the way through. Only problem encountered was that it was a half bottle, and like Rupert Bear, I was left looking wistfully towards the pantry....

A lighter coloured vintage for Ata Rangi – red fruit (cherry), plum, a musk and rose perfume and plenty of spice with the promise of some mulchy, earthy forest-floor like flavours to come. It's full in the mouth, although not heavy, with an almost creamy texture, but juicy, spicy, fresh and lightly sappy too. Fans out on the finish and delivers satisfaction from front to back. Superb.

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Ata Rangi Pinot Noir 2009

Nick Stock, for www.nzwineonline.com.au, 4 Mar 2011

Ata Rangi Pinot Noir 2009 - 19/20

Raymond Chan, Dec 2010

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The 2008 and 2009 vintages of Ata Rangi Pinot Noir will be fantastic to compare over the next decade.  The former is more powerfully constructed and concentrated, while the latter should prove to be a little more accessible and elegant, relative to each other.  Both are tremendous examples of outstanding Martinborough Pinot Noir and deserve to be in all serious cellars. The 2009 is bright, youthful, purple-hued ruby red in colour, and has a softly full bouquet of volume and depth, just a little shy in expression at present. The lovely ripe dark cherry-berry aromas are somewhat restrained, but there is already a myriad of complex oak, spice and savoury elements present, just waiting to blossom. On palate, the wine is still taut, but the beautiful proportion, balance and harmony is obvious.  The feature is the core of rich, dark red berry fruits through the mid-palate, perfectly backed by extremely fine tannins and structure that appear understated.  This will blossom to completeness over the next 6-8 years, but will live longer. Made from Abel, clone 5, Dijon clones and 10/5, 10% whole bunch, given a cold soak and indigenous yeast fermented to 14.0% alc., then aged 12 months in 25% new French oak.19/20

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Ata Rangi Pinot Noir 2009

Bob Campbell MW, Dec 2010

A heady, perfumed mix of floral, cherry, plum and spice flavours in an elegant rather than blockbuster style. This is a wine of surprising power that lingers tantalisingly long after it has been swallowed. A wonderful medley of fruit and savory characters that's truly seductive. 95/100 

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Ata Rangi Pinot Noir 2008 - 97/100

Nick Stock, WINE 100, April 2010

This is chock-full of complexity and allure, fragrant fresh rose petals, a layer of sweet spices and perfectly ripe cherry fruits. The palate's first impression is of lightness and elegance, it builds to a spectacular length and shape Fine sheets of tannin carry pure pinot noir flavour, finishing long and powerful. 97/100

Ata Rangi Pinot Noir 2008

Bob Campbell MW, Jan 2010

This wine gives the appearance of having slightly lighter fruit flavour than usual although I suspect that some of it may be locked in by moderately assertive and slightly sappy tannins - it certainly shows no lack of power. I love the mix of bright cherry and dark-fleshed plum flavours with floral/violet characters that mark it as a very classy Pinot NoIr indeed. It's a serious wine in an elegant style with good development potential. Above all it carries the Ata Rangi trademark of great finesse. 96/100

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Ata Rangi Pinot Noir 2008

Gary Walsh, The Wine Front, 31 Dec 2009

It's New Year's Eve so an appropriate wine to open, given the meaning of its name.

It has such a remarkable fragrance of roses and cherry essence that at first it presents as a simple, almost jubey wine, but given plenty of time it reveals further layers of complexity and settles down beautifully. It's mid-weight (possibly light in an Ata Rangi context) and fluid with superb fine-grained tannin and excellent flavour persistence. A fine vintage for this great producer.

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Ata Rangi Pinot Noir 2007

Gary Walsh, The Wine Front, 11 Nov 2008

Martinborough, like Burgundy, gets a fair bit of vintage variation and sometimes you have to take the rough with the smooth. This year is certainly a thumper but I don't hold it against the wine, or pre-judge it on what I expect Pinot Noir to taste like, or be. I'm not one of those types. And here I'm tasting what the terroir and the season have delivered. That's what real wine is often all about. And I think I must be feeling unusually philosophical this evening...

Complex smelling wine – dried cherry and plum, smoke, light toasty cocoa oak and some tamarillo bitterness. It's full bodied (in context), quite chunky and grippily tannic with dried plum/cherry fruit, spice and a chinotto bitteness. Hearty and knockabout rather than elegant, and yes, leaning towards dry red but still very enjoyable and charismatic. It looked sweeter and smoother the next day and I'm thinking it needs a couple of years to settle into itself.

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Ata Rangi Pinot Noir 2006

Bob Campbell MW, Feb 2008

This is probably the best vintage of Ata Rangi Pinot Noir that I've tasted. It's intense, succulent, poised and with the Ata Rangi trademark silken texture. 2006 was an excellent vintage in Martinborough as this wine clearly shows. It's Kiwi Musigny.96/100

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Ata Rangi Pinot Noir 2006

Gary Walsh, The Wine Front, 25 Nov 2007

I have had a crack at this particular wine twice now. The first out of big glasses (next to the 2006 PHI Pinot) at an informal tasting and the second out of little glasses at an informal dinner. I know I am bad and I should pay more attention, but no matter which way you slice the old tamarillo, this is an outstanding wine that stands up and performs every time.

Aromas of dark cherry, spice, dark chocolate, violet and a tangy orange peel top note. A bit earthy, fruity and fragrant all in one. On the palate smooth fine talc-like tannins and a lithe muscular frame with expansive and mouth filling fruit. Plenty of flavour, but not heavy or clumsy. There are flavours of dark cherry and berry, spice, undergrowth and tamarillo with a light (and very attractive) sarsaparilla character adding regional interest. Long and persistent (Are we finished yet? Are we finished yet?). I wasted no time buying a few bottles for the cellar. 

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Ata Rangi Pinot Noir 2006

Campbell Mattinson, 8 Nov 2007

To reveal my intentions: I'm more of a Martinborough man than a Central Otago man, though increasingly I love both. Ata Rangi is the king of Martinborough, and 2006 is a stunning example of its power. This wine is supple, arrestingly long, bold in its blue fruit character, and yet savoury, spicy, and sappy too. The colour is a brilliant dark purple crimson, and the finish of it an intricate arrangement of minerals and tannins. Shape wise, it pulls long, rather than balling through the mid-palate. It's a new world pinot noir for the new world to be proud of.

Ata Rangi Pinot Noir 2005

Gary Walsh, The Wine Front, 9 June 2007

I have a very minor, but annoying, cold-like thing at the moment which is accentuating bitterness and I have to shift my perception of wines just a little bit to accommodate for this. Anyway, I sought a couple of second opinions from two healthy people (physically at least) just to make sure. I am thorough. I seem to have missed tasting the 2004 Ata Rangi for some reason. Not too fussed though because vintages and wines are a bit like buses; there is always another one just around the corner. Unless, of course, there is a bus strike and then you are stuffed.

Aromas of sweet cherry, lots of spice, the perfume of various herbs and flowers like rose and rosemary, stalks, a little earth and a wisp of smoke. Fruity but evenly tempered by the sappy herbal notes. It smells typically NZ. On the palate medium bodied with cherry, weak cola, tamarillo, some earthiness, stalks and spice. Firm fine lightly sappy tannins and crisp acidity. This is straight backed and quite refined but with good texture and mouthfeel. Finishes long with some lightly bitter (but refreshing) tamarillo flavours. A challenging and thought provoking wine.

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