One of the pioneers of the region, Clive Paton was one of the first to plant grapes on the Martinborough Terrace in 1980 and the winery has since gone on to become a legend of the New Zealand wine industry. While world-famous for their exceptional Pinot Noir, Ata Rangi produce stunning wines across a range of varietals, including their Raranga Sauvignon Blanc.
This 2018 Ata Rangi Raranga Sauvignon Blanc offers complex nose of lemon curd, citrus blossom and white peach with spicy aromatics reminiscent of cinnamon apple pie. The texture that the on-skins and barrel fermentation components bring shows itself in a suppleness creaminess, which mingles with lemon zest notes and a tangy finish.
"94 Points. The sauvignon blanc here is given skin contact, barrel and tank time, so there’s complexity built in from the get-go. Great to see texture being built into sauvignon blanc wines with skin fermentation; the rise and rise of modern orange wine culture is quite a thing. Since 2014 there’s been more skin fermentation, since 2017 more whole bunch fermentation. An impressive and delicious white wine that mainlines sauvignon blanc flavours and aromas but layers in so much more detail, length and texture. Citrus, ginger, lemongrass and green mango are the fruit characters but there’s faint nuttiness, coursing flinty mineral character, chalkiness in texture and an extremely piercing and long finish. Fantastic expression here. Tasted: JUL19 12.5% alc $33 Screwcap Drink: 2019 - 2025"- Mike Bennie, The Wine Front
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