Ata Rangi Pinot Noir 2003

Pinot Noir from Martinborough, New Zealand

Item No. 90605
  • red wine
Ratings Pedigree:
  • 2008
  • RP92
  • WE91

Winemaker's Notes

Pinot Noir 2003 is drop dead gorgeous. It is the result of very low yields (halved by frosts in the spring of 2002) combined with 20 years of hands-on experience with the variety. Based predominantly on the Abel clone (aka the Ata Rangi clone), Clone 5 and the Dijon clone selections, it is classic Ata Rangi with very fine tannins and lovely length of palate. Soft, red fruits-of-the-forest, and rich, dark cherry-stone characters are balanced by hints of chocolate and spice.

Learn About Ata Rangi

Clive had tried his hand as a grave-digger and a milkman before finally getting lucky in his third career choice - a winemaker. Ata Rangi is a Maori word for dawning sky or new beginning which is apt considering that when Clive Paton bought the property in 1980 he had never run a vineyard or made wine in his life. Back then Clive traded the promise of a steady income for a bare,...

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Learn About Martinborough

(mahr-tin-bore-ooh) Situated on the southern tip of the North Island, Martinborough is just across the strait from Marlborough. Martinborough is a town, as well as a region within Wairarapa, which, in turn, is located within the region of Wellington. Just to add more confusion, Wellington is also the name of the city there, the capital of New Zealand. Sometimes the names of...

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Learn About Pinot Noir

Pinot Noir(PEE-noh nwahr) Pinot Noir is a finicky grape. It only grows in the right climate, with the right soils and the right care. Perhaps because it is so difficult is why it is so loved. Pinot Noir hails from Burgundy, a region known for crafting the most collectible and sought-after wines from this varietal. Not only does Pinot reign in Burgundy, it is also...

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