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Ata Rangi Pinot Noir Case of 4 Bottles 2011

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Dark cherry, dark chocolate, damson plum, and a heady potpourri of rose petal, vanilla and spice aromas lift from the glass, flow across the palate and on through to the long finish of this powerful 2011 Pinot Noir. Tannins are plentiful and fine, creating the full, plush, fleshy texture.

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Ata Rangi Ltd:
ATA RANGI "new beginning" or "dawn sky" was a barren 5-hectare paddock when Clive Paton bought it in 1980. He was one of a handful of winemaking pioneers in Martinborough, then a forgotten rural settlement, who were attracted to the area by three key features - the localised, free-draining shingle terrace some 20 metres deep, the lowest rainfall records of anywhere in the North Island, and the ... Read more
ATA RANGI "new beginning" or "dawn sky" was a barren 5-hectare paddock when Clive Paton bought it in 1980. He was one of a handful of winemaking pioneers in Martinborough, then a forgotten rural settlement, who were attracted to the area by three key features - the localised, free-draining shingle terrace some 20 metres deep, the lowest rainfall records of anywhere in the North Island, and the proximity to the capital city of Wellington, just an hour away. Clive, who'd farmed in the area, knew the land well. He chose mainly red varieties - Pinot Noir, Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot and Syrah - and set out in pursuit of world class wines. Pinot Noir's potential shone from the start - the early wines widely appreciated for their texture and for their pure fruit expression of the variety. The early days were tough with no income, trees or shelter belts (the Wairarapa is renowned for its relentless, drying nor-westers) and little experience. The first winemakers persevered, sharing knowledge and ideas, as well as equipment and winery space. Clive grew pumpkins and garlic between the rows, carting them to the markets in Wellington. His faith in the area paid off. Ata Rangi Pinot Noirs have three times won the coveted Bouchard-Finlayson Trophy for Best Pinot Noir at the International Wine and Spirit Competition in London. This international recognition came after a decade of gold medal and trophy successes in Australasian wine competitions. Today the wines enjoy an enviable international reputation, with listings in many of the finest restaurants of the world. As Bob Campbell MW notes "It's true - Ata Rangi has the Midas touch with all of its wines." Ata Rangi expands... Ata Rangi and the family team have gradually expanded since those early days. Clive's sister Alison, who'd been working in the wine trade in London, purchased 2 hectares adjoining the original block in 1982. Today she looks after admin and finance for the company. Phyll Pattie, formerly a winemaker in her own right, joined Clive in life and business in 1987 and today is responsible primarily for export marketing. Clive, Phyll and Ali are the equal and exclusive shareholders in Ata Rangi Limited and all three still work in hands-on roles in the business. Head of production is talented winemaker Helen Masters, with oenologist Oliver Masters working part time as technical consultant. Around 12,000 cases are produced from the 30 hectares of vineyards supplying fruit to the winery. Almost half is exported, mainly to Australia, the EU, USA and Japan. The winery shop welcomes visitors all year around. Hours are 1pm to 3pm midweek, and Noon to 4pm weekends and holidays. Today, Martinborough is thriving. The charming, leafy wine village - with its cluster of restaurants, cafes and interesting shops centred around a park-like Square - is a popular destination for wine and food-lovers or for those simply seeking a retreat from city life. Read less

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Snooth User: Pedro Alexandre
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08/20/2013

Five glasses


External Reviews for Ata Rangi Pinot Noir Case of 4 Bottles

External Review
Source: JJ Buckley Fine Wines
11/14/2013

What a nose with flowers and roses with hints of licorice and citrus undertone. Full and super tight with a sexy finesse. Hazelnut too. So long and racy. Texture is wonderful. Give it a year or two to come around. James Suckling.


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Source: JJ Buckley Fine Wines
06/20/2014

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. I was reminded how well these wines develop while enjoying a bottle of 2009 the previous evening. In an ideal world this wine would be released in another two years time. A classic Ata Rangi Pinot from a good vintage. Bob Campbell MW.


External Review
Source: JJ Buckley Fine Wines
06/20/2014

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+. 93+ points. --Lisa Perrotti-Brown Robert Parkers Wine Advocate.



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Dark cherry, dark chocolate, damson plum, and a heady potpourri of rose petal, vanilla and spice aromas lift from the glass, flow across the palate and on through to the long finish of this powerful 2011 Pinot Noir. Tannins are plentiful and fine, creating the full, plush, fleshy texture.

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