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Ata Rangi - Crimson Pinot Noir 2016


  • Country: New Zealand
  • Wine Region: Wairarapa
  • Wine Maker: Helen Masters & Jannine Rickards
  • Grape: Pinot Noir
  • Grape Percentage: 100% Pinot Noir
  • Alcohol Percentage: 13.5%
  • Unit Quantity (ml): 750
  • Best To Drink: Drink Now -2020
Duty/Vat Paid
JR: 16.5 (2015) JS: 93 (2016) WF: 94 (2016) BC: 94 (2016) SK: 94 (2016) RC: 18.5 (2016)

Wine tasting notes

The superb 2013 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 liquorice nuances also mingle with the earthier, typical pinot ‘forest floor’ characters.

Winery Information

Ata Rangi

Ata Rangi is owned and run by Clive Paton and his wife Phyll, together with Clive's sister Alison and winemaker Helen Masters. Clive planted the bare, stony home paddock at the edge of Martinborough in 1980 and, in doing so, was one of a handful of people who pioneered grape growing in the area. Ata Rangi's first vineyard covered less than five hectares of thin, well-drained alluvial soil. They are now, according to UK winewriter Tim Atkin, widely regarded as New Zealand's top Pinot Noir.. read more

Expert Reviews (2015)16.5 pts

Tasted Feb 2017 - Vines less than 20 years old. Matured in 20% new oak. Light, bright crimson. Not trying to make a sweet Pinot but it’s pretty round fruit. Some delicacy. Still quite youthful.

James Suckling (2016)93 pts

A very handy edition of Crimson pinot noir in 2016, this has a suave and grown-up feel to it. Innately complex and layered aromas, flavors and textures. This wine is packed with ripe red cherry and poached red plum fruits as well as inherently spicy, perfumed and earthy attributes. The way in which it rolls out on the palate is just superb; a silky, succulent and seductive red. Drink now.

Wine Front (2016)94 pts

Martinborough pinot noir at the hand of one of the masters. “The name Crimson is inspired by a love of rata and pohutakawa, New Zealand’s stunning red-flowering native trees. Sales of this wine support the Project Crimson charitable conservation trust”. It isn’t the flagship pinot from Ata Rangi but boy is this a powerful wine. Impressive to say the least. This is muscular and dense, in a varietal context, with satsuma plum, steel, black cherry and campfire notes bleeding gradually into sweet spice and stem. It’s as intricate as it is integrated. It’s primed with tannin, all spicy and ripe, and it still manages to fan ample flavour out through the finish. It’s all quite remarkable, really.

Bob Campbell MW (2016)94 pts

Youthful, yet impressively harmonious and complex, the wine offers lifted aromas of dark cherry, raspberry, game and clove with hints of thyme and floral notes. The palate delivers lovely weight and roundness, beautifully complemented by silky texture and pristine fruit flavours as well as subtle savoury complexity, finishing long and satisfying. A delectable offering showing charm and delight. At its best: now to 2021.

Sam Kim (2016)94 pts

Delightfully fruited and elegantly fragrant, the bouquet shows red cherry, cranberry, floral and almond characters with nuances of dried herb and anise. The palate delivers juicy fruit intensity and rounded mouthfeel, wonderfully complemented by fine texture and polished tannins. The wine offers pristine fruit flavours with delicate spicy undertones, making it fabulous drinking. At its best: now to 2022.

Raymond Chan (2016)18.5 pts

Full, deep, dark ruby-red colour with youthful purple hues, a little lighter on the edge. The nose is full and up-front with voluminous aromas of dark raspberries with notes of blackberries, lifted whole berry fermentation plum jam notes, unfolding liquorice and raspberry liqueur elements. This is very primary in expression and very accessible on nose. Medium-full bodied, the palate is rich and plush with succulently sweet and luscious flavours of ripe dark raspberries, blackberries and plums, unfolding red liquorice and raspberry liqueur layers. The fruit is supported by fine-grained, supple tannins and enlivened by fresh background acidity. The mouthfeel is rounded and approachable, the richness carrying the wine to a soft, fruit-laden finish. This is a rich and succulent, primary-fruited Pinot Noir with fine, supple tannins, a rounded mouthfeel and plenty of vibrant, primary energy and freshness. It needs a few months to harmonise, but is already delicious. Serve with Asian and Middle Eastern fare over the next 4-5 years. Hand-picked fruit, clones 5, 10/5, Abel and Dijon clones, vines 5-20 y.o., destemmed and indigenous yeast fermented with a high proportion of whole berries to 13.5% alc., the wine aged 10 months in 20% new French oak

Vinification Notes

The grapes were hand picked and 100% destemmed, keeping as much whole berry fruit as possible. Pre-fermentation maceration lasted between two and six days. The must was inoculated with both indigenous and cultured yeasts and hand plunged during fermentation that lasted approximately two weeks. The wine was racked into barrel, of which 20% was new oak, where it remained for a further nine months after malolactic fermentation until bottling,