Ata Rangi – New Releases from a Martinborough Pioneer

Planting his first vines in 1980, Clive Paton became one of the pioneers of the Martinborough winegrowing district. The work that he, his wife Phyll and sister Alison have put in since have made Ata Rangi one of the most highly regarded wine labels in New Zealand, and one of the most sought after in the world. Pinot Noir is the flagship (click here to see my review of a remarkable vertical tasting from 1986 – 2012), but all the wines are seen as classics or great examples. The recognition and standing continues as Ata Rangi looks forward, with winemaker Helen Masters and vineyard manager Gerry Rotman constantly refining what they do, raising the bar to match the growing maturity of the vines. With a production of only 16,000 cases of wine made annually, and exports to 24 different markets, one must not be tardy to obtain the wines. I’m unashamedly a devoted fan of what Ata Rangi’s ‘tight five’ do, and always await their new releases with eager anticipation. Here, I review a selection of the newest and current releases.


  • Ata Rangi Martinborough Sauvignon Blanc 2013
  • Ata Rangi ‘Craighall’ Martinborough Riesling 2010
  • Ata Rangi ‘Craighall’ Martinborough Chardonnay 2013
  • Ata Rangi ‘Crimson’ Martinborough Pinot Noir 2013
  • Ata Rangi Martinborough Pinot Noir 2012

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