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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Cellaring:
Enjoy now or 4 to 5 years
Foods:
Mediterranean food, Duck or Lamb dishes
Oak:
Two weeks total tank time. Complete malo-lactic fermentation in barrel. Nine months in French oak (20% new )
Nose:
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.
Palate:
Loads of very fine velvety tannin contributing to the full, plush texture and long, soft finish.
Varietal Composition:
Pinot Noir