Ata Rangi Martinborough Pinot Noir 2014

Pinot Noir from New Zealand - Wairarapa & Wellington
Review Date : 22-Oct-2016
The Martinborough district was blessed with successive outstanding vintages in 2013 and 2014, and for that matter also in 2015 and 2016. The comparisons are being made now with the former pair being released. I love the smooth ripeness and richness of the 2014. Dark, deep ruby-red colour, but not too full. However on the nose very full with volume and layers of ripe dark-red berry fruits with suggestion of plums relieved by violet and red florals and hints of refreshing herbs. The richness, harmony and perfectly judge ripeness is the feature. Beautifully soft, lush and refined on palate, the richness is balanced by fine acid and very refined tannin extraction. The structure is serious though, unfolding to fill the mouth with the fruit. This is a plush and very complete in expression. The 2013 has an acid edginess which takes it just a little further, and I think the 2013 will live a little longer too. But that’s nit-picking. 19.5/20 Oct 2016 RRP $75.00 Dark, deep ruby-red with purple hues. This is soft and refined on the nose with harmoniously layered aromas of dark-red and black berried fruits with black cherry and plum notes, unfolding violet and black-red florals and suggestions of herbal complexities and spice detail. The palate is rich and plush with succulence and sweetness, fully ripened, but with undeniable poise from lacy acidity. The tannins are very fine-grained, flowery, lending a seamless and velvety flow. The flavours are beautifully mouthfilling and very, very long. This is a gorgeous Pinot Noir, so breathtakingly refined and seamless. It still comes second to the 2013 for me, which has a little more sinew and an edginess from the acidity and extract. These attributes endow the 2013 with greater longevity and drive, but at this level of excellence, it’s probably a matter of style preference. I’d choose the 2013 which has a tad more classicism over the hedonism in the 2014. 19.5/20 Oct 2016 RRP $89.00 Full, even, black-hued ruby-red with youthful purple tints. The nose is very full with softly concentrated and layered aromas of rich, ripe, dark red berries and cherries along with nuances of dark red plums entwined with fragrant violet florals, fresh herb and spicy detail. The aromatics blossom to reveal notes of raspberry liqueur, earth and minerals. This exudes richness allied to elegance and finesse. Medium-full bodied, vibrantly succulent and lusciously sweet fruit flavours of dark red berry and cherry fruit are harmoniously melded with flavours of ripe dark plums and fragrant violet florals, dark herbs, spices and red liquorice. The flavours are seamlessly mouthfilling and supported by refined, flowery tannin extraction, and enlivened by poised acidity. This has drive, energy and fine linearity, and the wine carries to a very long and sustained, rich finish of spiced cherries and raspberry liqueur. This is a beautifully rich and succulent, elegantly balanced and refined Pinot Noir with seamless-flowing, ripe flavours of dark berry and cherry fruit with complexing floral and herbal detail. Match with duck, pork, beef and lamb dishes over the next 7-10 years. Fruit from the oldest parcels, 40% Abel clone with the remainder clones 5, Dijon and 10/5, indigenous yeast fermented with 25% whole bunches to 14.0% alc., the wine spending 20-26 days on skins and aged 11 months in 35% new French oak barrels. 19.5/20 Apr 2016 RRP $75.00

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