Ata Rangi ‘Crimson’ Pinot Noir 2011

The ‘Crimson' Pinot Noir label is a good representation of Clive Paton and Ata Rangi's conservation stance and work. A portion of the proceeds from the sales of this wine go towards ‘Project Crimson' of the Charitable Conservation Trust which aims to plant and protect New Zealand's red-flowering ‘Christmas trees', the pohutakawa and rata. However Clive has considerable other commitments to conservation which include his beloved ‘Bush Block' project where 130 ha of land is being recovered from predators, pests and gorse and replanted to native trees and shrubs. Such is Clive's perseverance, supported by his wife, family and Ata Rangi staff that he was appointed an Officer of the New Zealand Order of Merit in the recent Queen's Birthday Honours. Here, I review the latest release of the ‘Crimson' Pinot Noir, a wine that has grown in quality and stature beyond the ‘second tier' moniker over the last few years. www.atarangi.co.nz

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