Ata Rangi ‘Crimson’ Martinborough Pinot Noir 2011

Pinot Noir from New Zealand - Wairarapa & Wellington
Review Date : 08-Dec-2013
Lighter ruby-red colour with good depth, paler on edge. The bouquet is tightly bound and elegant in expression, with a complex amalgam of dark red cherry fruit intermixed with fresh herbs and subtle stalky, flint-like elements. Some sulphide reduction is entwined. Medium-bodied, the palate highlights a textural graininess and firm tannin line that encases the relatively shy, cherry-stalky flavours. The acidity is a feature and adds a freshness and brashness to the mouthfeel and provides good linearity. This is a textural Pinot Noir in a European style with a complex herb and stalky aspect. This will keep another 5-7 years. 18.0-/20 Dec 2013 RRP $35.00 Moderately deep, dark ruby-red colour with youthful purple hues. The bouquet has fresh, firmly packed aromas of bright dark berry and cherry fruit along with hints of savoury earth, smoke and a trace of reduction. Medium-bodied, tightly bound and edgy, vibrant fruit flavours of ripe dark berry fruits are interwoven with notes of plums, spices and savoury dark herbs. The flavours are still primary and coiled to unfold. Good acid tension and balanced extraction provides vitality to the mouthfeel with its concentrated core of flavours which carry through to a long and sustained, lively finish with violetty florals and spicy plums. This is a youthful, classical Martinborough Pinot Noir with the fruit depth and structure to develop greater richness and interest over the next 5-7 years. Match with Mediterranean-inspired pork and lamb dishes. Clones 5, 10/5, Abel and young Dijon clones, from vines 10-20 y.o., fully destemmed, given a cold soak and indigenous yeast fermented with whole berries to 13.5% alc., the wine aged 9 months in 20% new French oak. 18.0+/20 Jun 2012 RRP $35.00

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