Ata Rangi Pinot Noir 2012
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 relatively cool 2012 season has delivered a very poised and elegant pinot with a delicious red fruit entry followed by notes of plum, red-currant, fresh herbs, hints of truffle and meaty chacuterie. Still young and firm, and more savoury than sweet-fruited, the wine opens in the glass to show a medley of classic pinot aromas and flavours. With beautifully fine tannin structure and length, the 2012 will further develop in the cellar to a more savoury, gamey expression of pinot.
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