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Ata Rangi Pinot Noir 2015

Ata Rangi Pinot Noir 2015

Product Review (submitted on 24 October 2017):
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. Found 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 oak.

This 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.