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.
This has all the cherry, spice, and perfume that defines this consistently stunning pinot noir, as well as a sense of immense freshness. The palate has deceptive lightness and tannins that are supple and caressing and that kick fresh and expansive out through the finish. Succulent and elegant. A great vintage for this wine. Alcohol: 13%; Rating: 98 Points; Nick Stock; JamesSuckling
Elegant, supple and very vibrant pinot noir, with seductively-layered floral, red rose, cherry, red fruits, dried herb and mixed spice flavours. Very long and linear wine that demonstrated real power delivered with great subtlety. A wonderfully pure pinot noir with a distinctive house/vineyard style and a proven ability to age graciously. Drink 2018 to 2030. Rating: 98 Points; Bob Campbell MW
Sweet and succulently vibrant flavours of black cherries and black berried fruits melded with savoury dark herbs. This is a superbly concentrated Pinot Noir possessing flavours of Abel clone influenced black fruits, savoury dark herbs and complex whole bunch notes on a refined and well-structured palate with immense vitality. Rating: 19.5 (20.0) Points; Raymond Chan; Wine Reviews
Spicy and perfumed with dried roses, flickers of liquorice root, sage and thyme, cherry and raspberry. Light to medium bodied, orange peel and spices, fresh with gummy and grainy tannin, freshness and vigour, and very good length. It’s charismatic, and likely to be very age-worthy. Like this a lot. Price: $90; Drink: 2020 - 2031+; Rated: 95 Points; Gary Walsh; The Wine Front
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