98 Points - James Suckling
Ata Rangi of New Zealand's Martinborough region has long been considered as one of the finest 'New World' Pinot Noirs, in fact many regard it as the greatest example of the variety outside of Burgundy. With an uncompromising approach to quality in the vineyard, Ata Rangi always deliver a generously flavoured, superbly complex yet beautifully perfumed Pinot Noir.
The 2017 vintage of Ata Rangi Pinot Noir has already attracted plenty of attention and our limited stocks are sure to sell out quickly.
"98 Points. Really pristine fruit aromas here with such pure, ripe red cherries and roses, as well as gently earthy and spicy nuances. Very fresh, precisely ripe and a pinot you can sit and just breathe in for days. The palate has a velvety layer that few others manage to find; silky at the core, succulent in the center and delivering such vibrant, red-cherry flavors in a long, pristine and fresh, red-cherry finish."- JamesSuckling.com, 01 Oct 2019.
"96 Points. When the going gets tough... 2017 was a challenging vintage but consistent high-flyer, Ata Rangi, has produced another winner. Complex and accessible pinot noir with plum, dark berry, spice/ anise, dried herb/ savoury and spicy oak flavours, A safe cellaring wine." - Bob Campbell, Gourmet Traveller Wine, Dec/ Jan 2020.
"95 Points. Straight off, I like this vintage. It’s kind of cool and minty, but with a rosy perfume, smoky brown spices, and something like sarsaparilla over a typical red cherry base. Tight, gently sappy, savoury and autumnal, with a distinct earthy/mineral feel, a persistent fine rasp of kitten’s tongue tannin, and a long sweet tangy orange and spice laced finish, firm stroke of tannin carrying it on. Well sophisticated. Yes. Tasted: Jul19 Alcohol: 13% Price: $95 Closure: Screwcap Drink: 2021 - 2032+" - Gary Walsh, The Wine Front.
"Cool, slightly minty stem notes accent bright cherry fruit in the 2017 Pinot Noir, most of which was picked before the rains, according to winemaker Helen Masters. It's crisp and medium-bodied, with silky tannins and a long, refreshing finish. It may be even longer-lived than I've suggested. Score: 93, Drink: 2020-2030" - Joe Czerwinski, The Wine Advocate Issue 241.
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