2016 Ata Rangi Pinot Noir Martinborough

SKU #1399815 99 points Sam Kim

 This is profound. The compelling bouquet shows ripe cherries and plums with gorgeous nuances of warm spice, toasted almonds, earthy mushrooms and olives. The palate displays awesome concentration and depth, wonderfully enhanced by velvety mouthfeel and layers of fine texture. Tannins are polished and seamlessly woven into this spellbinding wine.  (6/2018)

98 points Bob Campbell

 Elegant, supple and very vibrant pinot noir, with seductively-layered floral, red rose, cherry, red fruits, dried herb and mixed spice flavours. Very long and linear wine that demonstrated real power delivered with great subtlety. A wonderfully pure Pinot Noir with a distinctive house/vineyard style and a proven ability to age graciously.  (4/2018)

98 points James Suckling

 This has all the cherry and spice and perfume that defines this consistently stunning Pinot Noir, as well as a sense of immense freshness. The palate has deceptive lightness and tannins that are supple and caressing and that kick fresh and expansive out through the finish. Succulent and elegant. A great vintage for this wine.  (11/2017)

98 points Raymond Chan

 Moderately deep ruby-red colour, lighter on the rim with purple hues. The nose is elegantly proportioned with taut and tightly bound aromas of ripe black cherry and black berried fruits entwined with savoury dark herbs, revealing complexing nuances of undergrowth and minerals, unveiling some whole bunch stalk perfumes. This has refined and serious detail. Medium-bodied, the palate has rich, sweet and succulently vibrant flavours of black cherries and black berried fruits melded with savoury dark herbs, complex whole bunch stalk elements, unfolding subtle notes of violet florals and minerals. The fruit possesses great vitality and energy, and is supported by plenty of fine-grained, flowery tannin extraction, with gently refreshing, lacy acidity. The palate has wonderful concentration and linearity and the wine carries with real drive to a very long and sustained finish of black fruits, savoury dark herbs and whole bunch nuances. This is a superbly concentrated Pinot Noir possessing flavours of Abel clone influenced black fruits, savoury dark herbs and complex whole bunch notes on a refined and well-structured palate with immense vitality.  (6/2018)

94 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 Ata Rangi's current release, the 2016 Pinot Noir, features hints of sage leaves and minty stemminess, beautifully balanced by plush fruit. It's medium to full-bodied, with silkier tannins than the muscular 2015, giving it a lush, welcoming texture and a smooth, seamless finish redolent of tea and roses. (JC)  (2/2019)

92 points Wine Enthusiast

 Like many of this renowned producer's wines, this is a bottle to take your time with. It changes with every pour, from bright cranberry and raspberry fruit to licorice; from dried roses and violets to sandalwood and savory spice. The palate is medium bodied and silky textured with tightly wound, leathery tannins and fruit that feels like you could take a bite out of it. Through it all, Ata Rangi's signature mineral streak. For all its appeal, however, this wine is still a baby, elegant and complex but austere. *Cellar Selection* (CP)  (5/2019)

Jancis Robinson

 Pale ruby-garnet. Broad, slightly reductive, spicy, earthy tones, with a touch of tobacco. Red-cherry fruit behind. Lots of spice-earth savoury character. Bright acidity, peppery, moderate tannins and great length and intensity. (TJ) 17/20 points  (2/2019)

K&L Notes

95 points The Wine Front: 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 charismatic, and likely to be very age-worthy. Like this a lot. (GW, 09/2017)

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By: Kirk Walker | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 5/8/2019 | Send Email
When I think of when Martinborough this is the first winery I think of. There are many great Pinots coming from New Zealand and most of them seem to come from the Southern Island so it could be easy to overlook the wines from this small appellation. After you try this you will never forget. This is a classic for me. Beautiful dark red fruits, a touch of exotic spice and a delicate herbal savory element that makes everything else pop. Medium bodied with good texture, fresh acid, and just enough tannin to give it presence. Drink tonight but put it in your cellar, next to your Burgundy, and you will be rewarded.

By: Thomas Smith | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 5/7/2019 | Send Email
The 2016 is an phenomenal achievement by Ata Rangi, a stunning wine that has every bit of upfront beauty and defined power that you'd expect from one of New Zealand's top producers. This is a unique expression of Pinot Noir that does not fit the California or Burgundy mold, and yet has such impeccable quality it might make you topple out of your chair. The nose is incredibly elegant: there are dark fruits with a distinctive underlying perfume among hints of anise and cedar. On the palate, you will discover wet stone, black cherry, herbs and mocha. All within a beautifully balanced package of bright acidity and soften tannin. The power and concentration of this wine ensures that cellaring for a few years will pay in dividends, but I founded it totally approachable now. I adore top-tier wines that manage to surpass even my high expectations; Ata Rangi's exceptionally balanced, and wonderfully complex 2016 absolutely managed to do so. A thrilling wine.

By: Ryan Woodhouse | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 5/7/2019 | Send Email
Impressively concentrated and powerful from the old vines, yet retaining the purity and silky texture of the grape. Ata Rangi's Pinot Noir has long been a go-to for me as one of the most pedigreed wines of the southern hemisphere. It's a beautiful expression of the variety with exotic berry fruits, clove, star anise, sandalwood. Medium bodied with mouth-filling texture and fine tannins. I know from personal experience these wines can age for decades but they're also so delicious in their youth. Very impressive wine from one of New Zealand's "Grand Cru" sites.
Drink from 2019 to 2036

By: Chris DePaoli | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 5/7/2019 | Send Email
Absolutely gorgeous. Pretty chocolate covered orange peel on the nose along with rosewater, tropical fruit and touches of citron. Amazing dark herbal note on the palate that goes back to the orange peel and sanguine finish. All this delivered with a faultless structure of somehow both supple and soft tannin giving way to a round, broad finish. One of the best New Zealand pinots I’ve ever had, even as it does it’s best to defy that limited designation.

By: Cameron Hoppas | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 5/6/2019 | Send Email
New Zealand has me rethinking Pinot Noir. The old way of thinking about Old World vs New World has got to go. The Ata Rangi defies how we think about Pinot in both sides of that argument. Its fresh rose-like florals, dark savory cherry aromas, wet mulchy forest floor earthiness, and delicate silky tannins give us a whole new way to think about premium Pinot Noir from anywhere. This wine may well be ready to drink now--I can't think of a reason to wait. But, perhaps with such a well composed wine like this, it may well have a long and bright future ahead of it as well!

By: Neal Fischer | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 5/6/2019 | Send Email
Opening with pungent dark fruit notes, this New Zealand Pinot Noir smells of fermenting bramble berries with a wisp of smoke. It's herbal and earthy with a good amount of oak spice. The fruit also presents well on the palate, but seems more subdued and is grounded by bigger spice and stemmy green tannins. From acidity on the mid-palate, the wine gives way to more herbaceous leafy tones on a very drying finish. This Pinot is drinking just a little tight right now, so it'd be a great bottle to age a few years. I'm looking forward to seeing how this vintage develops.

By: Cameron Price | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 5/6/2019 | Send Email
The color of this wine makes me think of black cherries laid out over a Burgundy-colored velvet fabric. Beautiful texture on the palate and very interesting aromas of spiced raspberries and clove. The palate has almost a tinge of bitterness, balanced out with great acidity and complexity that cannot really be categorized, as this wine is both savory and fruity. I would age this wine...or devour it now.

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Pinot Noir

- One of France's most legendary grapes and the grape that earned Burgundy its reputation. The parent of varietals like Pinot Gris/Grigio and Pinot Blanc, Pinot Noir is blue to violet to indigo in color with relatively thin skins, and it is said to have been cultivated in France for more than 2,000 years. At its best, Pinot Noir creates elegant wines that are filled with primary red fruit aromas and flavors while young, revealing with an array of secondary characteristics like earth, smoke, violet, truffle and game with age. The varietal is also known, perhaps better than any, for its ability to translate terroir, or a sense of place. While the best Pinot Noir still comes from Burgundy, it is being produced with increasing success in cooler climates around the world. In France, it is part of the trifecta of grapes that can go into Champagne, and it is also grown in Alsace, Irancy, Jura, Savoie, Lorraine and Sancerre. Outside of France it is produced under the names Pinot Nero and Blauburgunder in Italy's mountainous regions, as Spätburgunder in Germany and as Blauburgunder in Austria. In the US, Pinot Noir has found suitable growing conditions in the cooler parts of California, including Carneros, the Russian River Valley, the Anderson Valley, the Sonoma Coast, Monterey County, the Santa Lucia Highlands and Santa Barbara County, as well as in Oregon's Willamette Valley. In recent years, New Zealand has demonstrated its ability to interpret this hard-to-grow varietal, with successful bottlings coming from careful and attentive growers in Central Otago, Martinborough and Canterbury. Chile is also an up-and-coming region for Pinot Noir, creating fresh, fruit-forward, early-drinking and affordable Pinots from the coastal Casablanca Valley and the Limari Valley.

New Zealand

- New Zealand is an extremely diverse wine-growing nation. The long history of producing wine started in the 1830s with wineries such as Mission Estate (1850) and Te Mata Estate (1896) still producing wine today. The two islands hold a multitude of different growing climates ranging from warmer areas such as Hawke’s Bay to very cool regions such as Waitaki, and Awatere. Most regions are defined as Maritime with the exception being Central Otago that has a moderate Continental climate with the high elevation creating dramatic diurnal swings in temperature. The plethora of grapes grown in New Zealand reflects this diverse microclimate make up. Everything has a place here, Bordeaux varietals and Syrah in Hawke’s Bay, Chardonnay and Pinot in Nelson, Pinot Noir and Riesling in Central Otago , aromatic whites in Waipara and pretty much everything you can imagine in Marlborough. New Zealand is also one of the “greenest” wine producing nations on earth (94% of wine certified sustainable in 2013) with a strong focus on organic and Biodynamic farming.
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