Ata Rangi, meaning "dawn sky" or "new beginning" is a small New Zealand winery with a big reputation for serious Pinot Noir. Located at the southern end of the North Island, it is owned and managed by a family trio - Clive Paton, his wife Phyll and his sister Alison. Clive planted his first vines on a small, stony sheep paddock at the edge of the Martinborough village in 1980 as one of a handful of people who pioneered winegrowing in the area. Ata Rangi Pinot Noir is undoubtedly the flagship wine, and in 2010 was honoured with the inaugural Tipuranga Teitei o Aotearoa or "Grand Cru of New Zealand". With a skilled team in place, including dynamic winemaker Helen Masters, Clive now has more time to focus on his commitment to conservation and to the Ata Rangi alliance with Project Crimson.
Jun 15, 2013 MW 90 Vivid aromatics of toasted cumin, fresh loam and spicy tobacco set up a solid framework for the fleshy black cherry and plum flavors, delivering a pleasant push of flavors on the finish. Drink now through 2023. 165 cases imported.
eRobertParker.com #206 Apr 2013 Lisa Perrotti-Brown 90 Pale to medium ruby-purple in color, the 2011 Crimson Pinot Noir is made from younger vines and gives earthy, gamey, red currant and cranberry aromas laced with lovely yeasty and toasty notes. Medium-bodied and elegantly framed with crisp acid and soft tannins, it also finishes long. Drink it now to 2017.
A winery that really needs no introduction for NZ Pinot lovers, there’s not much for me to add about the long-serving, dedicated team behind Ata Rangi – they just go from strength to strength. The Pinots have always been great, and yet even in a world where the Pinot benchmark gets higher every year, Ata Rangi is better than ever. (Almost equally impressive though are Petrie and Craighall Chardonnays, clearly getting a lot of love in the cellar from highly skilled winemaker Helen Masters.)
Feb 8, 2016 98 Elegant and quite complex, with tight, powerful cherry and berry fruit flavours and an underlying sappy, savoury, mineral character that lifts the wine into another quality realm. A classic Ata Rangi Pinot from a good vintage.Price: £39-£45 widely available via UK agent Liberty WinesDrink: 2014-2023Alc: 14%
Aug 17, 2015 - Elegant and quite complex, with tight, powerful cherry and berry fruit flavours and an underlying sappy, savoury, mineral character that lifts the wine into another quality realm. A classic Ata Rangi Pinot from a good vintage.Price £39-£45 Carruthers & Kent, Excel Wines, Farr Vintners, Liberty Wines, Majestic, Noel Young, Slurp, The Secret Cellar, The Wine SocietyDrink 2015-2023Alc 14%
Jan 11, 2014 Joe Czerwinski 89 This shows really attractive floral notes on the nose, followed by smoldering, dark flavors of roasted root vegetables and caramelized black cherries. It's full-bodied and maybe even a bit chunky on the palate, so give it until 2016–2017 to settle down and smooth out.
JS: James Suckling
BV: Bidvino Staff
RP: Robert Parker
WS: Wine Spectator
JH: James Halliday
JR: Jancis Robinson
WE: Wine Enthusiast
DM: Decanter Magazine
JD: Jeb Dunnuck
2011 Ata Rangi Pinot Noir
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