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Ata Rangi Sauvignon Blanc 2012

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750ML / 13% ABV
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Winemaker Notes

A cooler 2012 has resulted in a very expressive Sauvignon Blanc, less tropical than the 2011 with more lemon/lime, fresh passion-fruit, a lovely flinty character and a twist of mint. There's a creaminess to the texture derived from the portion fermented in barrel, and a real drive and energy on the finish. Hand-picked, hand-sorted fruit and time on lees are integral to achieving our more elegant, restrained and food-friendly style.

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Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
The 2012 Sauvignon Blanc is a limited production wine (only about 3,000 cases) made from handpicked grapes and a touch of malo-lactic fermentation in the winemaking. On the nose it shows a pleasant green bean and grass character over green apples and lemon juice, with just a touch of green mango. Light to medium-bodied, it is crisp with a nice bit of texture through the long, clean finish. Drink it now to 2015.
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Ata Rangi, New Zealand
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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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Capable of a vast array of styles, Sauvignon Blanc is a crisp, refreshing variety that equally reflects both terroir and varietal character. Though it can vary depending on where it is grown, a couple of commonalities always exist—namely, zesty acidity and intense aromatics. This variety is of French provenance. Somm Secret—Along with Cabernet Franc, Sauvignon Blanc is a proud parent of Cabernet Sauvignon. That green bell pepper aroma that all three varieties share is no coincidence—it comes from a high concentration of pyrazines (herbaceous aromatic compounds) inherent to each member of the family.

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