Ata Rangi 2013 ‘Craighall’ Riesling, 2017 ‘Crimson’ Pinot Noir, 2015 ‘McCrone’ Pinot Noir and 2018 ‘Kahu’ Botrytis Riesling


The greatest wine producers in the world often make only one wine, putting all their resources and focus in making that singular wine as good as it can be. But for me, a producer that can make top wine across different categories and varieties has a more accomplished ability, as it takes a wider understanding of the world of wine to know how to achieve in diverse fields. One such wine producer is Ata Rangi in Martinborough, already regarded as one of New Zealand’s best.

I recently attended Ata Rangi’s Spring Release tasting for mail order clients (click here for my report), and when I left, I was given four wines in the tasting vintage, line-up for ‘Feature Review’ these wines being new releases. One of the wines comes from the 2018 vintage which winemaker Helen Masters regarded as one of her most difficult ever. I have recently tasted three other wines from 2018 from Ata Rangi, and these were remarkably good considering (click here to see the reviews).

The wines reviewed here are the 2013 ‘Craighall’ Riesling, 2017 ‘Crimson’ (from a cool vintage) and 2015 ‘McCrone’ Pinot Noirs, the latter appearing more refined that at the mail order tasting, plus the 2018 ‘Kahu’ Botrytis Riesling. www.atarangi.co.nz


  • Ata Rangi ‘Craighall’ Martinborough Riesling 2013
  • Ata Rangi ‘Crimson’ Martinborough Pinot Noir 2017
  • Ata Rangi ‘McCrone Vineyard’ Martinborough Pinot Noir 2015
  • Ata Rangi ‘Kahu’ Martinborough Botrytis Riesling 2018

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