A very low yielding vintage and wonderfully warm early summer has delivered a
dense, structured, deeply sumptuous, velvet-textured Pinot Noir with great
density. This is a serious, cellar worthy Pinot.
Opened within the next couple of years, expect to savor the rich cherry stone
and delicately spiced, ripe plum characters as they slowly emerge in the glass.
Fine tannins run evenly across a full palate.
Years later, 5 or 6 at least, patience will reward with complexity and intrigue; layer
upon layer of seductively feral notes finely woven with the still distinctive, but now
maturing fruit. Sweet spice and vanilla oak, recognisable as separate
components when the wine is young, merge to become fully integrated, fulfilling Ata Rangi's aim
to achieve real harmony within a seamless whole.