Ata Rangi ‘Crimson’ Martinborough Pinot Noir 2010

Pinot Noir from New Zealand - Wairarapa & Wellington
Review Date : 26-Jan-2012
Named for ‘Project Crimson', aimed at the protection of the red-flowering native Pohutakawa and Rata trees. Made from 100% Martinborough fruit, clones 5, 10/5, Abel and Dijon, from vines 10-20 y.o., hand-picked and fully destemmed and given a cold soak. The wine was indigenous yeast fermented including a portion of whole berries to 13.5% alc., and aged 9 months in 20% new French oak. Dark, deep, black hued ruby-red with light purple hues on rim. This is elegantly proportioned on nose with bright, vibrant dark raspberry and cherry fruit aromas, along with notes of fresh herbs and a hint of flinty, minerally reduction and oak spice adding layers of interest. Medium-full bodied, this is bright and juicy with up-front and mouthfilling, rich, dark berry fruit flavours which are enhanced by fresh, lively acidity. Very fine, supple tannins underline the palate, forming a subtle density and concentration. The finish is long and sustained with succulent fruit flavours, balanced by fine tannins. This is a vibrantly fruity Pinot Noir with an underlying fine structure that will offer enjoyment over the next 5-6 years. Serve with tuna, duck and pork. 18.5-/20 Jan 2012 RRP $35.00

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