2014 Ata Rangi Pinot Noir
Martinborough, New Zealand
A true classic. Always wonderful, and always bigger than its Central Otago cousins, the Ata Rangi Pinot Noir shows full-bodied dark red fruits and pairs well with duck sausages off the grill, lamb of course, and even some heartier fish such as sturgeon, salmon or halibut.
$53.99 as part of a mixed case.
24+ bottles available circa 8/16.
"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 mid-70s, makes up 40% of the blend. The result is a very complex, structured wine, beautifully perfumed in the classic Ata Rangi style. Exotic spice, dark cherry and rose petal are offset by a more savoury array of aromas and flavours on the finish. This is a very complete and graceful wine; succulent and generous on the palate yet supple, sinewy, long and fine."
Bob Campbell MW
"99 pts ... Dense, complex pinot noir in a typical Ata Rangi style, with a nice mix of fruit and savoury characters. Dark-fleshed plum, black cherry with a suggestion of floral, mixed spice and sweet herbs. Spectacular wine with plenty of power and an incredibly lengthy finish. More accessible than the previous vintage was at this stage but showing great cellaring potential. The best Ata Rangi pinot noir I've tasted."
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