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ATA RANGI | Ata Rangi, meaning dawn sky, new beginning is a small, family-owned New Zealand winery with a serious reputation for producing premium Pinot Noir. Dairy farmer turned winemaker, Clive Paton planted his first vines on a stony sheep paddock at the edge of Martinborough village in 1980, helping to pioneer winegrowing in the region. Today, joined by his wife Phyll and sister Alison, and with a skilled team in place, including dynamic winemaker Helen Masters, Ata Rangi goes from strength to strength. In 2010, Ata Rangi was one of two producers honoured by the New Zealand wine industry body with the Tipuranga Teitei o Aotearoa, or ‘Grand Cru of New Zealand.’
TASTING NOTE | A very alluring, restrained nose of citrus, white-flesh nectarine and citrus blossom leads onto a tight, fine palate with a subtly chalky texture. With no one single flavour dominating, the 2015 is an intriguing, very complex and very complete Chardonnay with fabulous flow and persistence.
VINEYARDS & WINEMAKING | Craighall, Ata Rangi’s premium Chardonnay, is from prized blocks of low-yielding Mendoza clone vines. The oldest, now over 30 years of age, are situated directly opposite the Ata Rangi home block in the heart of the deep, free-draining gravels that make up the Martinborough Terrace. Add in low annual rainfall and typically strong Wairarapa winds and the result is a high percentage of tiny berries, giving wine of serious concentration and drive with tight, bright acidity. Fully barrel fermented in 25% new French Oak, with 12 months barrel ageing on lees. Screwtop closure. Excellent cellaring potential, drink now to 2025.
REVIEWS | 96 points – Gourmet Traveller Wine
96 Points – Cameron Douglas MS