Ata Rangi Martinborough Pinot Noir 2012

Pinot Noir from New Zealand - Wairarapa & Wellington
Review Date : 21-Oct-2014
Moderately deep ruby-red, lighter on edge. On this showing quite shy and lighter than expected, but good volume with detailed soft red fruit aromas, along with secondary dried herbs, and subtle secondary complexities. Lovely layers. Bright and sweet-fruited, red berry fruits, whole berry fermentation lift, and delicate, secondary dried herbal nuances. The palate has lusciousness and acid cut, with the tannin dryness and extraction prevailing to a degree. Very, very fine-grained, and real linearity, but the finish isn’t quite as sweet as it could be. I know it can look better, but this is my score today. Old Abel and Dijon clone fruit, destemmed and wild yeast fermented to 13.5% alc., 11 months in 25% new French oak. 18.0+/20 Oct 2014 RRP $74.95 Full, dark ruby-red colour, a little lighter on edge with garnet hues. The bouquet is even and integrated with aromas of dark red berry fruits lifted by delicate, piquant red floral elements along with complexing nuances of dried herbs, spices and earth that build in ethereal volume. Medium-full bodied, the mouthfeel exudes finesse with a soft, concentrated core of restrained soft red berry fruits entwined with subtle lifted florals and savoury dried herb nuances. This is tightly bound and the palate follows a very fine-grained line of flowery tannin extraction. The fruit grows in succulence, richness and detail with spicy notes unfolding, as the structure builds in support. The wine flows with excellent background acid energy leading to a balanced, very long, lingering finish. This is an elegant and stylish Pinot Noir that exudes finesse and grows in richness, interest and structure in the glass. Serve with poultry, pork and Mediterranean fare over the next 6+ years. Hand-picked fruit, clones Abel, 5, older Dijon and 10/5 from vines generally over 30 y.o., destemmed, given a cold soak and indigenous yeast fermented to 13.5% alc., the wine spending18-24 days on skins and 11 months in 25% new French oak. 18.5/20 Aug 2014 RRP $75.00 A very cool growing season, with picking approx, one month later than average, finishing with excellent heat. No whole cluster. Dark, deep, youthful purple-red colour. Bright, up-front and aromatically lifted red berry fruits notes show with red florals, subtle fresh herb elements and suggestions of whole berry fermentation jam and confectionary nuances. On palate deliciously juicy, sweet and lush with a broad spectrum of flavours from raspberry fruits, confectionary, complexing herbs and florals. The richness gives way to fine-grained, dry tannins, which lend a firm, underlying line. The wine has accessibility, and the fine textures lead to a vibrant, lively, dry finish. This is an elegant, accessibly, open-fruited Pinot Noir with fine, drying tannin structure. It will develop over the next 6-7 years. 18.5/20 Jun 2014 RRP $N/A

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