Ata Rangi Pinot Noir 2014

Ata Rangi Pinot Noir 2014

$75.00 NZDPer Bottle

Only the oldest and most revered parcels of fruit are used in this, our premium Pinot Noir. The fabled Abel clone, allegedly smuggled from Burgundy in the mid-70s, makes up 40% of the blend. The result is a very complex, structured wine, beautifully perfumed in the classic Ata Rangi style. Exotic spice, dark cherry and rose petal are offset by a more savoury array of aromas and flavours on the finish. This is a very complete and graceful wine; succulent and generous on the palate yet supple, sinewy, long and fine.

Another excellent vintage to follow 2013, the season was characterised by an unusually warm, settled spring. This trend continued through flowering and on into January. February and March were thankfully cooler than usual, stretching out the season and preserving aromatics as the evenly-formed bunches steadily ripened. Interestingly, accumulated Growing Degree Days of 1170 (a measure of heat across the growing season) leading into this harvest were, in the end, almost identical to those for the fabled 2013.

Cellaring 10 to 20 years.

 

 

  • Wairarapa
  • Ata Rangi Vineyard & Winery
  • 2014
Case sizes are sold in multiples of 6 x bottles
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Description

25% whole bunch with the remainder destemmed. Tanks held cool for 5 to 6 days before fermentation by indigenous yeasts. Peak ferment temp 32oC, all ferments handplunged. Total tank time 20 – 26 days. After pressing, complete malolactic ferment in oak. 11 months total in French oak (35% new).

Brix  22.5 – 24.0

Alc  14%

TA  5.4 g/l

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Awards

5 STARS - Bob Campbell MW, June 2016


5 STARS - Sam Kim, April 2016


5 STARS - Michael Cooper, November 2016


5 STARS - Raymond Chan, October 2016


97 POINTS - Huon Hooke, Gourmet Wine Traveller, June 2016


96 POINTS - Tyson Stelzer, Top 10 Wines under $100, June 2017


5 STARS - Raymond Chan, April 2016


96 POINTS - Cameron Douglas MS, December 2016


95 POINTS - Gary Walsh, May 2016


94 POINTS - Lisa Perrotti-Brown MW, December 2016