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Ata Rangi, meaning "dawn sky" or "new beginning" is a small New Zealand winery with a big reputation for serious Pinot Noir. Located at the southern end of the North Island, it is owned and managed by a family trio - Clive Paton, his wife Phyll and his sister Alison. Clive planted his first vines on a small, stony sheep paddock at the edge of the Martinborough village in 1980 as one of a handful of people who pioneered winegrowing in the area.
 
The superb 2015 vintage has yielded a beautifully balanced, fragrant example of Crimson with loads of very fine velvety tannin contributing to the full, plush texture and long, soft finish. The nose is both complex and complete, with its cranberry-like aromas and hints of fresh, ripe raspberry. Spice and red licorice nuances also mingle with the earthier, typical pinot 'forest floor' characters. Though a serious pinot which will age at least 5 years, it is 'classic Crimson' in style; still very approachable as a young wine.

Everything a ‘young vine’ Pinot Noir should be – fresher, lighter, more accessible, and not sharper, harsher or greener as many second labels can be. Moderately deep ruby-red with youthful purple hues. The fruit flavours of dark-red berry fruits are fresh, vibrant, ripe and bright, with nuances of fresh herbs. This has wonderful primary fruit lift and fragrance. On palate just so juicy and succulent. Price: $38.00; Rating: 18.5+/20.0; Raymond Chan; Wine Reviews

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