2013 Ata Rangi Pinot Noir Martinborough
A significant Pinot Noir that displays immense quality, depth and completeness tasted ahead of bottling. Very complex indeed with exotic spices, meaty charcuterie and game meats. A fabulous array of different cherry fruit characters, hints of citrus zest and saffron plus some foresty bracken to add. The palate has immense energy and depth yet treads lightly on balanced structure and even shape, the tannins wind out and around supple flesh, gathering together and fanning at the finish, the acidity is bright throughout and the finish holds long. A masterpiece. Commanding and seductive Pinot Noir at its finest. Drink in 2019.
Full, even, dark ruby-red colour with light purple hues on the edge. This has a very elegant and tightly bound nose, the fruit initially restrained, with a deep and concentrated core of ripe black berried and cherry fruit along the very subtle, savoury whole cluster stalk hints and black minerals. Sweet black plum, black and violet florals unfold in the glass, building in richness and complexing detail. Medium-full bodied, the palate is very tightly bound and concentrated with very fine, tannin extraction and structure encasing ripe, aromatic dark red berry and black cherry fruit. Black plums, savoury whole cluster stalk and herb, and mineral elements emerge, with fragrant floral elements. The sweetness of the fruit blossoms, and melds with the extraction. The wine flows with excellent acid tension and energy carrying to a sweet, poised, long lingering finish of black cherries, minerals, spices and herbs. This is a very tight, elegant, but rich, black-fruited Pinot Noir with refined, but significant extract and structure and a very long, minerally finish. This will evolve over the next 10-12+ years. Match with wild duck and pork, and roasted lamb, beef and venison. Abel, 5, Dijon and 10/5 clones given a cold soak and indigenous yeast fermented with 30% whole clusters to 13.5% alc., the wine spending 18 - 24 days on skins and aged 11 months in 35% new French oak.
Not surprising at all. This is really, really good. The wine is instantly seductive on the nose displaying ripe cherry, plum, floral and hints of earthy mushroom and cedar. It is elegant yet powerful on the palate, exhibiting silky texture and pure fruit intensity. Wonderfully seamless and flowing, the wine offers sensual charm and layers of irresistible flavours and texture. At its best: 2017 to 2025.
Intense and potentially complex wine that is firmly structured and built for the long haul. Clearly a great wine from a great Pinot Noir producer although it really deserves to be cellared for at least a couple of years, preferably more. It was a stand-out wine when tasted in a vertical lineup. A classic mix of red-fleshed plum, dark berry and classy oak with the Ata Rangi trademark savoury character.
*Cellar Selection* Power and grace combine in this tour de force from Helen Masters, Ata Rangi’s winemaker. Toasty oak frames intense black cherry fruit, with hints of herbs adding a savory element. Firm tannins provide ample structure, while the lengthy finish prolongs the pleasure. Drink 2018-2025. (JC)
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
Pale to medium ruby-purple colored, the 2013 Pinot Noir has youthfully subtle notes of red plums, cranberries and black cherries with suggestions of forest floor, lavender and garrigue. Very elegant in the mouth with layers of ethereal fruit and earth characters nicely framed by firm silky tannins and just enough acidity, it offers a satisfyingly long finish. (LPB)
The myth, the legend that is Ata Rangi Pinot. A stunning new edition of this iconic wine from one of New Zealand's most revered estates. 2013 was an exceptional vintage across much of NZ, so the quality of this wine shouldn't come as a surprise, yet it seems this legendary producer has outdone themselves yet again. Ata Rangi's Pinot is often quiet structured in its youth however the 2013 seems to have great approachability even in its infancy. I have enjoyed many Ata Rangi bottles at 10+ years of age and have no doubt that if you can keep your hands (or lips) off this bottle until 2025 it will bring immense pleasure. Ryan Woodhouse (K&L New Zealand Wine Buyer) Winemaker's Notes: 2013 provided a long, warm growing season and a cool autumn, resulting in fruit in perfect condition. Enticing floral aromas of star anise, crushed red rose, violets and succulent raspberry meld with savoury notes of sandalwood and orris root. There’s a tension and vibrancy on the entry, with a compelling mid palate. Fine layered tannins flow through giving a seamless mineral quality on the finish - the culmination of an exceptional vintage, vine age and meticulous attention to detail in both vineyard and winery. Winemaking Technique: 30% whole bunch with the remainder destemmed. Fermentation by indigenous yeasts. Hand-plunged. 18 - 24 days cuvaison. 11 months maturation in French oak 35% new.