Ata Rangi Pinot Noir 2013 Front Label
Ata Rangi Pinot Noir 2013 Front Label

Ata Rangi Pinot Noir 2013

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750ML / 13.5% ABV
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750ML / 13.5% ABV

Winemaker Notes

2013 was a stellar vintage for Pinot Noir in Martinborough. The warm growing season followed by a cool, settled autumn yielded fruit in absolutely pristine condition at picking time. 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 late 70s, makes up 40% of the blend. The result is a very complex, structured wine, beautifully perfumed and showing sweet exotic spices, notes of star anise, crushed red rose, violets and ripe, dark berry fruits. There’s a tension and vibrancyon the entry, with a compelling, silky mid palate. Fine, layered tannins flow through to a seamless mineral quality on the finish. This wine is the culmination of an exceptional season, vine age andmeticulous attention to detail in both vineyard and winery.

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JS 98
James Suckling
A significant pinot noir that displays immense quality, depth and completeness. Very complex exotic spices, meaty charcuterie and game meats too. There's a whole array of different cherry fruit characters, hints of citrus zest and saffron, foresty bracken too. The palate has immense energy and depth yet treads lightly on balanced structure and even shape. Tannins wind out and around supple flesh; they gather and fan at the finish, acidity is bright throughout and the finish holds long. A masterpiece. Commanding and seductive pinot noir at its finest. Drink in 2019.
D 95
Winery founder Clive Paton says 2013 has been called the vintage of a decade, perhaps the vintage of the past 30 years, but ‘time will tell’. Certainly the vintage conditions were near perfect, giving ‘pristine fruit and perfect balance’. Rich, deep, pure and concentrated, with hints of almond, violet and sweet spice to the juicy cherry fruit. Ata Rangi Pinot Noir 2013 has great length and acidity. Sacrilegious to drink it now, despite its deliciousness.
RP 94
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
Savory, herbal and dark-fruited, the 2013 Pinot Noir is medium to full-bodied, quite supple but firm, with a backbone of wiry acids and a long, mouthwatering finish.
WE 94
Wine Enthusiast
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. Cellar Selection.
BH 92
A fresh, cool and pure nose displays notes of herbal tea, spice and dark berry fruit liqueur nuances along with hints of plum, violets and anise. There is good verve to the utterly delicious, complex and velvet-textured medium-bodied flavors that deliver fine length on the balanced finish where the only nit worth mentioning is a trace of warmth. This beauty is already drinking well though it should continue to reward mid-term cellaring and for my taste that is I what I would suggest.
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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, scruffy sheep paddock on the outskirts of Martinborough.

He was one of a handful of winemaking pioneers in Martinborough, then a forgotten rural settlement, who were attracted to the area by two key features - the localised, free-draining shingle terrace some 20 metres deep and the lowest rainfall records of anywhere on the North Island of New Zealand.

Today Martinborough is a thriving wine appellation with an international reputation, particularly for premium Pinot Noir and Chardonnay. Today Ata Rangi concentrates on hand making world class wines, namely pinot noir, sauvignon blanc and their Celebre (a cabernet blend). Yields are very low, typically 2 tonnes per acre and all grapes are hand-picked. Vines are now 20 years old, a factor in the wines ascending quality. Winemaking is very traditional using small, closed fermenters with wide top manholes which allow hand plunging. 20 hectares of vines are managed from which around 80 tonnes are crushed annually.

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Part of the Wairarapa region in the southern end of the country’s North Island, Martinborough is a bucolic appellation full of artisan, lifestyle wine producers. Above all else, their goals are to tend vineyards for low yields and create wines of supreme quality. Pinot noir is the main grape variety here, occupying over half of the land under vine.

Comparing topography, climate and soils, the region is nearly identical to Marlborough except that it produces top quality reds on the regular.

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Thin-skinned, finicky and temperamental, Pinot Noir is also one of the most rewarding grapes to grow and remains a labor of love for some of the greatest vignerons in Burgundy. Fairly adaptable but highly reflective of the environment in which it is grown, Pinot Noir prefers a cool climate and requires low yields to achieve high quality. Outside of France, outstanding examples come from in Oregon, California and throughout specific locations in wine-producing world. Somm Secret—André Tchelistcheff, California’s most influential post-Prohibition winemaker decidedly stayed away from the grape, claiming “God made Cabernet. The Devil made Pinot Noir.”

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