Ata Rangi Crimson Pinot Noir 2016
Ata Rangi was a small, stony sheep paddock when Clive bought it with a wad of cash from the sale of his herd of cows back in 1980. His farming mates thought he was mad; grapes were unheard of in the region. But Clive knew what he was in for. "I'd regularly skin my knees playing rugby there, so I knew exactly how stony the ground was." Clive's resolve was strengthened by a 1978 scientific report which showed Martinborough had a microclimate similar to that of Burgundy. It also had the driest and windiest climate in the North Island, was fringed to the north-east by a 25 metre deep, free-draining alluvial gravel terrace. Ata Rangi quickly proved that extremely fine Pinot Noir could be produced here.
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Each $38.99
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Enjoy now or 4 to 5 years
Mediterranean food, Duck or Lamb dishes
Two weeks total tank time. Complete malo-lactic fermentation in barrel. Nine months in French oak (20% new )
Complex and complete, with its cranberry-like aromas and hints of fresh, ripe raspberry. Spice and red licorice nuances also mingle with the earthier, typical pinot 'forest floor' characters.
Loads of very fine velvety tannin contributing to the full, plush texture and long, soft finish.
Varietal Composition:
Pinot Noir