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Ata Rangi Pinot Noir 2015
A Near-Perfect Masterpiece – Ata Rangi’s Must-Buy 2015 Pinot Noir
– Raymond Chan
Today’s offer comes hot on the heels of our recent Moss Wood offer that saw the winery cleared out of stock in only a week – unheard of stuff! Well, another legendary benchmark wine, this time from across the Tasman has been released to the same level of acclaim. The Magnificent 2015 Ata Rangi Pinot Noir has been draped in honours from one of New Zealand’s foremost pundits, with Raymond Chan awarding it a near perfect 19.5+ points out of 20. Well, that’s as close to perfect as you can get on the 20-point scale, much like Ray Jordan’s 99-pointer from the other week. And, we’d like to point out that Chan – along with Bob Campbell – is our go-to reference for the best of NZ wine.
And while a rating like this from a palate we trust implicitly should be enough to sell the wine on spec (it hadn’t hit the docks when this review was published), we’re committed to going the extra yard and taste the wine properly (spend time with it, let it unfurl and show its wares) before we offer it – selfless, we know. To be frank, if we’re going to put this out to the database as a must-buy wine, then we’ve got to be 100% behind it. So we waited before we pressed the button on this one. But we are now totally confident, and then some.
“…The long-serving, dedicated team behind Ata Rangi just go from strength to strength. Their Pinots have always been great and yet, even in a world where the Pinot benchmark gets higher very year, Ata Rangi is better than ever.”
– Lisa Perrotti-Brown MW, eRobertParker.com
The wine is a baby, for sure, with the tannin profile still wound up, but there is such a marriage of purity and power allied with a grand architecture that truly sets this apart. Chan’s review below is typically long, but it’s hard to abbreviate, as the wine demands description and consideration – it demands all that attention. We really see this as a must-buy wine for lovers of this great ‘Grand Cru’ of New Zealand, as well as for anyone remotely interested in how good New World Pinot Noir can be.
Ata Rangi Pinot Noir 2015: $76.99/bottle
“Full, very dark, deep, ruby-red colour with youthful purple hues, a little lighter on the rim. The nose is elegantly concentrated with a deep, dense core of well-ripened dark-red cherry and berry fruit seamlessly melded with subtle dark-red florals, dark herbs, spices and oak elements, unfolding black-berried fruits. The aromatics are exceptionally harmonious and integrated, and the nose is quite complete. Medium-full bodied, the palate features rich and succulently sweet flavours of dark-red cherry and berry fruits along with black fruits lifted by dark-red and violet florals and subtle notes of dark herbs. Suggestions of spice and oak emerge. The flavours are beautifully precise, detailed and harmoniously balanced, and the mouthfeel very supple and fine-textured with flowery tannin extraction. The acidity is integrated and provides vitality for the refined core and line. The wine flows seamlessly to a long and sustained, complete finish. This is a beautifully rich and multi layered and detailed Pinot Noir of precision and harmony, with succulently sweet fruit and refined structure, enabling accessibility, and showing completeness. It will develop fine complexities over the next 7-10 years.”
– Raymond Chan, April 2017: 19.5+ / 20 points
A little more information…
Ata Rangi is one of those ‘needs no introduction’ estates, and a true legend of New Zealand wine. Founded in 1980 by Clive Patton, Ata Rangi has helped to shape a region, and indeed provide significant definition to the national wine identity. Many of wine’s pioneers, no matter how revered they may have been in their day, fall by the wayside, usurped by the increasing knowledge and passion of others, supplanted by better sites and more progressive growers. Not so Ata Rangi. Although New Zealand’s wine firmament is full of bright lights – from the eccentric genius of Mike Weersing at Pyramid Valley to the established stature of Felton Road – Ata Rangi’s star has only grown brighter over time. With a winemaking team led by Helen Masters, Ata Rangi has been on a constant upward arc, with the nexus of vine age, clone to site suitability, and human experience consistently elevating the profundity of the wines even across the vagaries of vintage.
Although Ata Rangi is planted to a range of Pinot Noir clones, it is the legendary Abel or Gumboot Clone that is still responsible for the core of the flagship Pinot Noir, contributing supple texture and ample but silky tannins. Abel is New Zealand’s emblematic Pinot clone, definitively Kiwi but by naturalisation rather than birth. Malcolm Abel – a NZ Pinot pioneer – who happened to be working in customs at the time (the 70s), saw the value in a confiscated vine cutting that had been stashed in a gumboot, and diligently sent it to the relevant viticultural authority for quarantine and propagation. What made this vine material particularly significant was that it seemed to have been purloined from Domaine de la Romanée-Conti. Once released from quarantine, Malcolm planted the cuttings and advised Clive to do the same. Sadly Malcolm died shortly afterwards, but thankfully he left the legacy in the capable hands of Clive. Today 114 and 115, Pommard and the exciting 667 and 777 clones support the Abel Clone in Ata Rangi’s shallow silt and loam soils, that sit over Martinborough’s deep alluvial gravel.
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