Ata Rangi Martinborough Pinot Noir 2007

Pinot Noir from New Zealand - Wairarapa & Wellington
Review Date : 30-Jun-2014
A very small vintage, poor flowering and frost-affected, similar to 2005, but even greater care was taken to sort out the shrivelled berries. Very dark, purple-hued ruby-red colour. This has a very finely intense and concentrated nose, combining refinement and density, with tightly held ripe black berry and cherry fruits, but lifted by aromatic floral fragrances. Beautifully concentrated on palate, with lusciously succulent black cherry fruit flavours, the flavours offer spice notes and an array of floral notes unfold in layers. The tannin extraction is fine-grained and integral with the deep fruit, and the palate has excellent harmony with its richness. Soft, discreet acidity contributes to the lift and sweetness, and the palate leads to a very long complete finish. This has been guided to finesse, and will keep 7-9 years. 19.0+/20 Jun 2014 RRP $N/A Very dark, deeply concentrated black-red colour, very youthful in appearance, this has a concentrated and dense nose of warm, black cherry fruits, hints of minerals and dried-herb and stalk complexities, as well as a slightly distracting resiny nuance. On palate a wine of power and strength, and great concentration. Ripe dark berry fruits, dried herb and savoury hints just appearing, fully structured, but the oak-resiny element detracting. This will take a decade to evolve.  Apr 2011

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