Ata Rangi Martinborough Pinot Noir 2010

Pinot Noir from New Zealand - Wairarapa & Wellington
Review Date : 30-Jun-2014
A cooler vintage, with less heat than 2008. Dark, deep, ruby-red colour with purple hues, youthful in appearance. This has a concentrated and intense nose with well-packed aromas of ripe, dark cherry fruit with violet floral aromatics, savoury bramble and dried herbal nuances, all in good balance and showing fine harmony. Still primary in expression, plush fruit flavours of dark berry fruits and savoury plums blossom to show an array of nuances from plums, jam, herbs and florals. The mouthfeel is openly accessible with mouthfilling breadth with grainy tannin structure in support. The palate carries to a full, lush, sweet and savoury finish. This is an openly structured wine with a broad range of sweet fruited and savoury flavours. It will be an earlier style to enjoy over the next 5-7 years. 18.5+/20 Jun 2014 RRP $75.99 Dark, deep, purple-hued ruby-red, youthful. This has a concentrated and intense bouquet with ripe black berry and cherry fruits along with fragrant violet floral lift, hints of fresh, dark herbs and complexing minerally, seaside detail. Fullish-bodied, rich, fleshy, mouthfilling fruit flavours of dark berry fruit and plums are enriched by spices, sweet oak and violet floral elements. This is plush and rich with an opulent texture and very fine tannins. The lacy acidity adds some tension, and the density and concentration becomes more apparent, carrying through to an open blossoming finish. This is a plush, juicy and supple wine with a full array of flavours. Abel, clone 5, Dijon clones and 10/5 from the ‘Ata Rangi’, ‘Champ Ali’, ‘Di Mattina’, ‘Cambrae’, ‘Lismore’ and ‘Dodd’ vineyards, from vines up to 30 y.o. 10% whole bunch, given a cool soak and indigenous yeast fermented to 13.8% alc. Peak temperatures 32°C, with 3-4 weeks on skins. The wine was aged 12 months in 25% new French oak barrels. 19.0+/20 Aug 2013 RRP $65.00 Bright with dark ruby-red colour and a bouquet with layers of dark red berry and cherry fruit, showing firmness and good intensity, revealing minerals and perfumes. Fullish bodied, the mouthfeel based on structure and a firm and deep palate line. Intensity and concentration of flavour, with an array of fruits showing, with richness and spiciness. Plenty of flesh, backed by power and backbone, this has a good future. 18.5+/20 Jan 2013 Abel, 5, Dijon clones and 10/5 from vines up to 30 y.o., indigenous yeast fermented with 10% whole bunch to 13.8% alc., the wine aged 12 months in 25% new French oak. Lighter depth to the dark ruby-red colour. This is tight and brooding with concentrated, refined, savoury dark berry fruits on bouquet. Medium-full bodied, this combines rich dark berry fruits with dark plum, and savoury dark herb notes, still tightly bound and somewhat reserved. The palate has great concentration, the flavours unfolding many dimensions and waves of fine-grained tannins that grow to meet the fruit richness. Beautifully structured and textured in the finest way. Hints of dried herb and savoury notes, but quite a complete wine. Keep 8-10 years. 19.0/20 Jul 2012 RRP $75.99 Fullish, dark, black-hued ruby-red with youthful purple hues. This has a tightly bound, restrained nose that unfolds to reveal aromas of dark red plum and berry fruits with complex layers of violetty florals, herbs, mushrooms and game. Medium-full bodied and a little shy initially, this is an elegantly proportioned wine that builds on the palate to show succulently sweet flavours of dark plums with dark herbs and liquorice. Silky, fine tannins provide a seamless texture and the wine exudes refinement, driven by an underlying concentration. The flavours flow to a Peacock's tail of flavours featuring an array of floral notes. Abel, clone 5, Dijon clones and 10/5 from the ‘Ata Rangi', ‘Champ Ali', ‘Di Mattina', ‘Cambrae', ‘Lismore' and ‘Dodd' vineyards, from vines up to 30 y.o. 10% whole bunch, given a cool soak and indigenous yeast fermented to 13.8% alc. Peak temperatures 32°C, with 3-4 weeks on skins. The wine was aged 12 months in 25% new French oak barrels. This is a beautifully elegant and refined, but concentrated Pinot Noir that will evolve with layers of interest over the next 6-8 years. Outstanding for the vintage. 19.0/20 Jan 2012 RRP $65.00

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