Ata Rangi Martinborough Pinot Noir 2013

Pinot Noir from New Zealand - Wairarapa & Wellington
Review Date : 23-Oct-2015
Dark ruby-red. Beautifully ripened dark red berry fruits and subtle, interwoven and harmonious complexing detail. Density, depth, brooding somewhat, with clear potential. Rich and plush on palate, with concentration. Layers of flavour built in, and unfolding slowly to reveal complex detail. Yet integrated and complete. Beautifully structured, and in total balance, and a fine acid and tannin line. Very long and succulent. Complete and immensely pleasing. Abel, 5, Dijon and 10/5 clones, indigenous yeast ferment with 30% whole clusters, 11 months in 35% new French oak. 19.5/20 Oct 2015 RRP $75.00 Full, even, dark ruby-red colour with light purple hues on the edge. This has a very elegant and tightly bound nose, the fruit initially restrained, with a deep and concentrated core of ripe black berried and cherry fruit along the very subtle, savoury whole cluster stalk hints and black minerals. Sweet black plum, black and violet florals unfold in the glass, building in richness and complexing detail. Medium-full bodied, the palate is very tightly bound and concentrated with very fine, tannin extraction and structure encasing ripe, aromatic dark red berry and black cherry fruit. Black plums, savoury whole cluster stalk and herb, and mineral elements emerge, with fragrant floral elements. The sweetness of the fruit blossoms, and melds with the extraction. The wine flows with excellent acid tension and energy carrying to a sweet, poised, long lingering finish of black cherries, minerals, spices and herbs. This is a very tight, elegant, but rich, black-fruited Pinot Noir with refined, but significant extract and structure and a very long, minerally finish. This will evolve over the next 10-12+ years. Match with wild duck and pork, and roasted lamb, beef and venison. Abel, 5, Dijon and 10/5 clones given a cold soak and indigenous yeast fermented with 30% whole clusters to 13.5% alc., the wine spending 18 - 24 days on skins and aged 11 months in 35% new French oak. 19.5/20 May 2015 RRP $75.00

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