Ata Rangi Martinborough Pinot Noir 1998

Pinot Noir from New Zealand - Wairarapa & Wellington
Review Date : 30-Jun-2014
Clive took out the irrigation for this year, and the season became the hottest and driest on record. Very dark, black-red with a touch of garnet, still youthful in appearance. The bouquet is bold and fulsome with ripe black fruits, densely packed and interwoven with sweet oak, black plum elements emerging and a suggestion of funky gaminess that disappears. Full-bodied, the palate is fleshy with ripe black fruit along with robust structure and dry tannin extraction. The fruit is very sweet with plum, black berry and secondary game-like complexities. Quite densely packed, there is sufficient acid and liveliness through the palate line. The presence is impressive. Still Pinot Noir, but the sheer size and power pushes the boundaries. I liked this more than most other tasters. It will keep another 5-7+ years easily. 18.5-/20 Jun 2014 RRP $N/A Possibly not in the best condition. Tight and somewhat brackish and raw, with whole bunch and stalk complexities. This is substantial, firm and tight, and a touch on the dry side, showing grip, but has undeniable and attractive forest-floor and mushroomy interest. 18.0/20 Nov 2013

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