Ata Rangi Martinborough Pinot Noir 2016

"The lovely Helen Masters, winemaker at Ata Rangi popped over to my place today, and we tasted through 2008, 2013, 2014, 2015 and 2016 Ata Rangi and McCrone Vineyard Pinot Noir. Compare and contrast, and a fascinating tasting it was. I tasted this 2016 in NZ back in September 2017, pre-release, and compared my note with the one today. Same score. Similar notes. I like it when that happens. I’ve published both notes, just for the record.

September 2017 – Spicy and perfumed with dried roses, flickers of liquorice root, sage and thyme, cherry and raspberry. Light to medium bodied, orange peel and spices, fresh with gummy and grainy tannin, freshness and vigour, and very good length. It’s charsimatic, and likely to be very age-worthy. Like this a lot. 95 Points

June 2018 – Almost a roast red capsicum smell, and cinnamon spice, red fruits, dried rose petal, lead pencil oak, assorted dried herbs. Medium-bodied, finely etched, clarity and tension, a more minerally expression of Ata Rangi here, with kitten’s tongue tannin, brightly lit acidity, and long sappy orange peel finish. 95 Points

Gary Walsh, The Wine Front, June 2018, Drink: 2020-2031+
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Over the past 30 years of Ata Rangi Pinot Noir releases, the wine has developed a strong reputation for a particular savouriness of style which reflects our grapes, sites and climate. The 2016 year typifies this style – a complex set of aromas and flavours which ripple over each other: juniper, cranberry, manuka flower, sandalwood, a hint of gingerbread and classic sweet hay. On the palate, flavours spread from warm spice to Campari, with a savoury seam that hints at ramen broth. The entry is vibrant and compelling with a rush of tannin that sweeps the flavours right through the palate. While this release will reward from cellaring, it is also highly satisfying to drink now.

The 2016 season was very dry with overall growing degree days within a normal range. The key difference from an average year, however, was timing. February temperatures soared well above the norm, in fact it was the hottest summer month since 1998. The resulting early seed ripening allowed picking at lower brix, and a cooler back end to the season provided good hang time for complete tannin ripeness.

Only the oldest and most revered 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.

30% whole bunch with the remainder destemmed. Tanks held cool for 5 to 6 days before fermentation by indigenous yeasts. Peak ferment temp 32˚C, all ferments hand plunged. Total tank time 20 - 26 days. After pressing, complete malolactic ferment in oak. 11 months total in French oak (35% new), then blended and held for another 6 months before bottling. Winery Notes
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Case Qty6
ABV13%
ColourRed
VarietyPinot Noir
Vintage2016
BrandAta Rangi Wines New Zealand
Country of ManufactureNew Zealand
RegionMartinborough
StateImported
Manufacturer's Suggested Retail Price$82.99
Dozen Buy$935.88
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