Ata Rangi ‘Reserve’ Martinborough Pinot Noir 1989

Pinot Noir from New Zealand - Wairarapa & Wellington
Review Date : 03-Jul-2014
A warmer year with drought conditions. Two bottlings, the regular label for ‘Barrel Shareholders’, who participated in an ‘en primeur’ scheme, and the ‘Reserve’, held in oak for longer. The year that Clive and Phyll were married. Deep brick-red colour with some depth. Still fresh in appearance. The bouquet is delicate and fragrant, lifted a little by VA, but developing density with red berry fruit intertwined with red florals, dried herbs and a hint of mushrooms. Full-bodied and rich with fruit concentration and density. There is structure, extract and grip, but harmoniously matched to the fruit. The flavours are a little unyielding, and follow through to a tight, shy finish, the mouthfeel becoming drier. I’ve seen better than this bottle, which may be less than ideal. Other tasters more positive. 17.5-/20

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