Ata Rangi Martinborough Pinot Noir 2014

One of New Zealand’s greatest wines, the Ata Rangi Pinot Noir has a breeding that stretches back to the first commercial vintage of 1986. Proprietors Clive Paton, Phyll Pattie and Alison Paton have worked with their winemakers Olly Masters, followed by Helen Masters to ensure the wine is world-class, and the reputation of Ata Rangi Pinot Noir remains impeccable. I feel that as the original vines have matured and newer vineyards come into balance, the wine has made incremental advances that keep it at the forefront of what is made in the country. The style remains truly classical, expressing the variety in all its beauty, while capturing the sinewy power and structure, as well as always exhibiting the regionality of the Martinborough district, and faithfully representing the unique growing conditions of each vintage, often transcending what might be the norm through the strictest fruit selection and most sensitive vinification.

The 2013 Ata Rangi Pinot Noir was one of the best ever released, it being the product of an ideal growing season. I felt it to be particularly ageworthy and rated it among the very top bracket of Pinot Noir wines I’d tasted that year (click here to see my review). The 2014 comes from a growing season that is as equally well-regarded. For Ata Rangi, it was characterised by an unusually warm spring, the favourable weather continuing through to January. February and March were cooler than usual, allowing the preservation of aromatics. In the final analysis, the accumulated Growing Degree Days were almost identical to that of 2013. It’s a similar situation to that of much of the east coast of the North Island, and to date, the wines from 2014 from these districts have generally been superb. Here, I review the new release 2014 Ata Rangi Martinborough Pinot Noir. It is plusher and more succulent, and somewhat less sinewy than the 2013 to my taste. It is sensationally delicious and another wonderful wine from Ata Rangi.


  • Ata Rangi Martinborough Pinot Noir 2014

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