Ata Rangi – New Martinborough Releases

10-Oct-2016
Ata Rangi is arguably the most highly regarded Martinborough producer and definitely one of New Zealand’s best labels. Clive Paton was one of the pioneers of the region, planting his first vines in 1980. With his wife Phyll Pattie and sister Alison Paton, they grew the stature and quality of Ata Rangi wines, such that they are now in demand throughout the world. The talented and vibrant Helen Masters is the winemaker, and affable and empathetic Gerry Rotman the vine whisperer, and together they make around 16,000 cases annually of a diverse range of wines, with Pinot Noir as the flagship. The variety of the wines in the range requires a careful and individual approach for each wine, but the quality of all of them, and the unique expressions, including that of site and terroir demonstrate the extremely high standards and attention to detail in their making. Here, I review a selection of the new and current releases. www.atarangi.co.nz

FEATURED WINES IN THIS REVIEW

  • Ata Rangi ‘Lismore’ Martinborough Pinot Gris 2016
  • Ata Rangi ‘Petrie’ Wairarapa Chardonnay 2015
  • Ata Rangi ‘Craighall’ Martinborough Chardonnay 2015
  • Ata Rangi ‘Craighall’ Martinborough Riesling 2012
  • Ata Rangi ‘Celebre’ Martinborough 2014
  • Ata Rangi ‘McCrone Vineyard’ Martinborough Pinot Noir 2013

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