Ata Rangi Pinot Noir 2009 & 2010
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+.
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
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 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 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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