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.
Naturally-low Martinborough yields, small canopies, old vines and judicious hand-picking are all factors in producing this unique style of bone-dry but weighty Sauvignon Blanc. A third of the juice was fermented in neutral oak barrels and a small portion in large barrels on skins. These portions give texture to the palate and phenolics which offer both a uniquely floral aspect on the nose and a textural, mineral feel. This is a distinctively elegant Sauvignon Blanc, very floral with notes of lemon curd and fleshy white fruit. The palate is zingy and exciting with mouth-watering drive, marked with notes of fresh fennel bulb and a tantalising hint of spearmint.
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