Ata Rangi Pinot Noir 2013 (Martinborough, NZ)

Ata Rangi label

Beautiful clear ruby appearance and a lifted, almost perfumed nose with bramble, black cherry and some savoury, earthy and wet gravel notes.

The impeccable sweet fruit on the palate mirroring the fruit aromas on the nose. There is a slight dip (not a hole!) in the back of the palate but I expect this to fill out over time. A seamless experience with the perfectly ripe fruit integrated with fine tannins and acid. Already showing some complexity but this will develop further. I expect that the complexity and finish owes much to the use of whole bunches and stems including firm, tightly wound finish with some tarry and spicy notes of cloves, star anise and dried herbs.

A beautiful pinot noir filled with anticipation of more to come as it develops and gracefully ages. This is a wine to keep and will reward cellaring up to 10 years or more.

Ata Rangi pinot noir

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