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Sherry-Lehmann USD 58.95 750ml

Ata Rangi Pinot Noir Martinborough 2015

Winemaker's Notes:

"Only the oldest and most revered parcels of fruit are used in this, our premium Pinot Noir. The fabled Abel clone, allegedly smuggled from Burgundy in the mid-70s, makes up 40% of the blend. The result is a very complex, structured wine, beautifully perfumed in the classic Ata Rangi style. Exotic spice, dark cherry and rose petal are offset by a more savoury array of aromas and flavours on the finish. This is a very complete and graceful wine; succulent and generous on the palate yet supple, sinewy, long and fine." --Winemaker's notes

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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

Editorial Reviews for Ata Rangi Pinot Noir Martinborough

Snooth User: Gregory Dal Piaz
89065238,750
0.00 5
Vintage: 2010 04/30/2012

Tight, super fine, cool, crushed berry fruit, silky, supple, rather large scaled but deliciously well balanced, deep sappy fruit, fine bitter cherries huge mineral notes on the finish, a touch of toasty nuts, bright and tense, huge real ours of deep, savory fruit, long and supper fine finish, dry and severe but not austere, this is extract of bitter wild cherry.


Member Reviews for Ata Rangi Pinot Noir Martinborough

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Snooth User: Pedro Alexandre
1296507133
5.00 5
Vintage: 2011 08/20/2013

Five glasses


Snooth User: wineboy999
8062615
0.50 5
Vintage: 2009 03/25/2011

Very familiar with their normally excellent product, having enjoyed many cases of recent vintages. This is one to miss. Very jammy and hot. Well made, but with over-ripe fruit. Little to love.


Snooth User: Barberesco
721003,196
3.50 5
Vintage: 2009 01/06/2013

Three and a half glasses


Snooth User: Triflex
24075013
3.00 5
Vintage: 2004 08/28/2009

Three glasses


Snooth User: Han Solo
13800418
5.00 5
Vintage: 2003 02/16/2009

Five glasses


Snooth User: Balthazar69
352610
4.50 5
Vintage: 2002 02/05/2008

Four and a half glasses


Snooth User: Chopine30
321080
4.50 5
Vintage: 2000 10/02/2007

One of the best Pinots around


External Reviews for Ata Rangi Pinot Noir Martinborough

External Review
Vintage: 2011 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.


External Review
Vintage: 2011 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.


External Review
Vintage: 2011 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
Vintage: 2010 05/19/2012

A Pinot Noir wine from Wairarapa in New Zealand. 2010 Ata Rangi Pinot Noir 750ml


External Review
Vintage: 2010 01/10/2013

For some time now New Zealand has been making great Pinots, and this might be the best one Iandrsquo;ve had yet. Big sour cherry nose with sweet berries. The wine is round and flavors dance on the palate, showing off its balance and depth. This wine is like a California Pinot on the nose, but more Burgundian on the palate and finish. Looking for the best of both worlds? Try New Zealand Pinots and enjoy.


External Review
Vintage: 2010 07/27/2012

This is one of Ata Rangis best ever wines. It has a silken, mouth-filling texture, although the layering of fruit and savoury flavors is nearly as appealing. Im not sure how they can improve on this wine. Australian Gourmet Traveller Wine. A Pinot Noir wine from Wairarapa in New Zealand. 2010 Ata Rangi Pinot Noir 750ml


External Review
Vintage: 2010 05/22/2012

Exotic aromatics of mahogany and sandalwood follow through to supple red licorice, cranberry, cherry and raspberry flavors that are elegant, precise and balanced. Baking spice details of clove and nutmeg persist on the finish. Drink now through 2020.... Wine Spectator. A Pinot Noir wine from Wairarapa in New Zealand. 2010 Ata Rangi Pinot Noir 750ml


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"Only the oldest and most revered parcels of fruit are used in this, our premium Pinot Noir. The fabled Abel clone, allegedly smuggled from Burgundy in the mid-70s, makes up 40% of the blend. The result is a very complex, structured wine, beautifully perfumed in the classic Ata Rangi style. Exotic spice, dark cherry and rose petal are offset by a more savoury array of aromas and flavours on the finish. This is a very complete and graceful wine; succulent and generous on the palate yet supple, sinewy, long and fine." --Winemaker's notes

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