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Ata Rangi Célèbre 2014

Ata Rangi Célèbre 2014

Product Review (submitted on 12 October 2016):
Dark, deep ruby-red colour, a little lighter on the rim, youthful in appearance. The nose is full and firmly concentrated with near robust aromas of vibrantly ripe blackberry fruit along with black plum and blackcurrant notes, detailed by subtle nuances of dark herbs and earth, unveiling suggestions of spices and nutty oak. Medium to medium-full bodied, the palate has bright and plush fruit flavours of ripe black-berried fruits, black plums, Asian spices, with herb and currant notes, unfolding some black pepper and toasty oak. The fruit richness is supported by fine-grained tannin extraction structure with good, elegant grip, and enlivened by softly ripe acidity. The flavours are harmoniously melded and carry with energy to a softly full and long lingering finish of black fruits, pepper and cassis. This is a rich, plush black berry, black plum and curranty red blend with spice ant oak detail on a finely structured palate with soft, ripe acidity. Match with lamb, beef, venison as slow-cooked game dishes over the next 6-8+ years. A blend of 55% Merlot, 35% Syrah, 5% Cabernet Sauvignon and 5% Cabernet Franc, from the ‘Ata Rangi Home’, ‘Craighall’, Di Mattina’, ‘Champ Ali’, ‘Boundary Road’ and ‘Kahu’ sites, with uninoculated fermentations to 13.0% alc., the wine on skins 25 days and aged 17 months in 20% new French oak