Selected for the 2020 Fine Wines of New Zealand List
"This stunning estate makes the most revered Pinot Noir in New Zealand."
Lisa Perotti-Brown MW
"…the long-serving, dedicated team behind Ata Rangi just go from strength to strength. Their 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."
"You’d be hard-pressed to find a list of ‘Best NZ Pinot Noir’ that does not feature Ata Rangi at the top of the list."
Winery notes (2017 Vintage)
"Only the oldest 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. 2017 was a cooler than average vintage which is displayed in bright fruits of redcurrant, juniper and cranberry, with floral aromas of manuka flower, sandalwood, and spicy star anise. The palate is vibrant, supple and seamless due to a delicate tannin profile and fresh acidity.
2017’s cooler temperatures of the summer months brought the more delicate expression of the Martinborough Terrace to the fore, with overall growing degree days well below the normal range. Picking started two weeks later than average with ripe tannins but low sugars. This is highlighted in tension and elegance, rather than weight and power of a warmer vintage."
5 Stars & 98/100 Sam Kim, Wine Orbit, November 2019 (2017 Vintage)
"Offering graceful power and immense complexity, the wine shows dark cherry, dark mushroom, floral, fragrant spice and toasted almond characters on the nose with nuances of charcuterie and floral. It’s elegant and sophisticated on the palate with exceptional depth and concentration, seamlessly structured by silky tannins, finishing impressively long and engaging."
98/100 Nick Stock, JamesSuckling.com, October 2019 (2017 Vintage)
"Really pristine fruit aromas here with such pure, ripe red cherries and roses, as well as gently earthy and spicy nuances. Very fresh, precisely ripe and a pinot you can sit and just breathe in for days. The palate has a velvety layer that few others manage to find; silky at the core, succulent in the center and delivering such vibrant, red-cherry flavors in a long, pristine and fresh, red-cherry finish."
5 Stars & 96/100 Bob Campbell MW, The Real Review, December 2019 (2017 Vintage)
"When the going gets tough… 2017 was a challenging vintage but consistent high-flyer, Ata Rangi, has produced another winner. Complex and accessible pinot noir with plum, dark berry, spice/anise, dried herb/savoury and spicy oak flavours. A safe cellaring wine."
97/100 Huon Hooke, The Real Review, October 2019 (2017 Vintage)
"Deep red/purple colour. The bouquet is at first reserved and shy with dominant dried herb, straw-bale and undergrowth aromas. Some cherry aromas began to emerge after extended airing. The wine emerged as full-bodied and strong, with abundant tannins. There is a core of sweet fruit within. It has only just begun building the fragrant bouquet that will almost certainly emerge in time. On day two: a glorious wine had blossomed, with a wonderful complexity of deep-set dark cherries, spices and dried herbs, adding up to a beguiling fragrance. The same flavours saturate the palate which is concentrated and profound, the tannins soft and ample, the persistence long. It all adds up to a prognosis of a long and rewarding life ahead."