94 Points
5 Stars Raymond Chan
5 Stars Sam Kim
Value Pick
  • Closure: Screw Cap
  • Unit: Each
  • Volume: 750ml
  • Alcohol: 13.5%
  • Grape: 100% Pinot Noir

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Regions : Wellington Wine Country

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Winery notes (2016 Vintage)
"Crimson is our selection of fruit from younger parcels of vines from our various vineyards on the Martinborough Terrace. 2016 marks 36 years on the land at Ata Rangi, our younger vines now aged from 5-20 years. In their youth, vines tend to be more fruit expressive, gaining more complexity with time. The 2016 very much shows a turning point from vibrant youth to tension and complexity that more mature vines bring.

Aromatically this wine offers layers of flavours: violets, dark cherry and plum, notes of bitter chocolate and tobacco with a faint whiff of rabbit guts. There is a fresh vibrancy on the palate of acid and smooth tannins pulling the wine through to a long, salivating finish.

2016 started well with a gentle spring that encouraged even flowering and fruit set across the vineyards. Early summer was calm, without the winds that plagued 2015 and the vines were in great shape to deal with a hotter than average February. March saw a return to cooler conditions, a perfect finish to the season. The winemaking philosophy is the same as for our signature Pinot Noir; no enzymes or yeasts are added, providing a hands-off, traditional approach which we feel more truly expresses the site."

5 Stars & 18.5/20 (93) Raymond Chan, April 2017 (2016 Vintage)
"Full, deep, dark ruby-red colour with youthful purple hues, a little lighter on the edge. The nose is full and up-front with voluminous aromas of dark raspberries with notes of blackberries, lifted whole berry fermentation plum jam notes, unfolding liquorice and raspberry liqueur elements. This is very primary in expression and very accessible on nose. Medium-full bodied, the palate is rich and plush with succulently sweet and luscious flavours of ripe dark raspberries, blackberries and plums, unfolding red liquorice and raspberry liqueur layers. The fruit is supported by fine-grained, supple tannins and enlivened by fresh background acidity. The mouthfeel is rounded and approachable, the richness carrying the wine to a soft, fruit-laden finish. This is a rich and succulent, primary-fruited Pinot Noir with fine, supple tannins, a rounded mouthfeel and plenty of vibrant, primary energy and freshness. It needs a few months to harmonise, but is already delicious. Serve with Asian and Middle Eastern fare over the next 4-5 years. Hand-picked fruit, clones 5, 10/5, Abel and Dijon clones, vines 5-20 y.o., destemmed and indigenous yeast fermented with a high proportion of whole berries to 13.5% alc., the wine aged 10 months in 20% new French oak. Proceeds of sales of this wine go towards ‘Project Crimson’ for the conservation of the native Rata and Pohutakawa."

94/100 Campbell Mattinson, The Wine Front, July 2017 (2016 Vintage)
"It isn’t the flagship pinot from Ata Rangi but boy is this a powerful wine. Impressive to say the least. This is muscular and dense, in a varietal context, with satsuma plum, steel, black cherry and campfire notes bleeding gradually into sweet spice and stem. It’s as intricate as it is integrated. It’s primed with tannin, all spicy and ripe, and it still manages to fan ample flavour out through the finish. It’s all quite remarkable, really."

5 Stars & 94/100 Sam Kim, Wine Orbit, July 2017 (2016 Vintage)
"Youthful, yet impressively harmonious and complex, the wine offers lifted aromas of dark cherry, raspberry, game and clove with hints of thyme and floral notes. The palate delivers lovely weight and roundness, beautifully complemented by silky texture and pristine fruit flavours as well as subtle savoury complexity, finishing long and satisfying. A delectable offering showing charm and delight. At its best: now to 2021."

4 ½ Stars Michael Cooper (2016 Vintage)
"This second-tier label is 'a vibrant expression of younger' vines and made for relatively early drinking – but the majority of the vines are still 10 to 20 years old. Hand-harvested at Martinborough, fermented with indigenous yeasts and matured in French oak casks (20 per cent new), the 2016 vintage is full of youthful promise. Deep ruby, it is mouthfilling and boldly fruity, with strong, ripe cherry, plum and spice flavours, showing good vigour and complexity, savoury notes adding complexity, and a well-rounded finish. Best drinking 2019+."

94/100 Bob Campbell MW, August 2017 (2016 Vintage)
"Richly scented pinot noir with plum, cherry and mineral flavours, together with a seasoning of spice and subtle herbal characters. A bright, high energy wine that's a pleasure to drink now but has the potential to develop well."

93/100 Cameron Douglas MS, August 2017 (2016 Vintage)
"Distinctive and pure with bold sensory engaging aromas of red berry fruits, plums and wild red flowers; a calm yet precise measure of oak with a soft brown spice level; some whole berry scents with a suggestion of carbonic maceration adding lifted aromas of fruit. On the palate – youthful, fresh, fruity, crisp and dry; flavours of red berry fruits and wild red florals, abundant fine tannins, backbone of acidity, lush and lengthy. Decant for service through 2018. Best drinking from late 2018 through 2026."

4 Stars Yvonne Lorkin, February 2018 (2016 Vintage)
"The team at Ata Rangi are head-over-kite nuts about pohutukawa trees and re-establishing native rata in the lower North Island where it once flourished, henceforth, sales of every bottle of this succulent, juicy pinot go towards the Project Crimson charitable conservation trust. Tamarillo, spicy cherry and black guava burst forth on the nose and palate, the tannins are deliciously dusty and it’s plummy

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