Ata Rangi Martinborough Pinot Noir 2011 - 6 bottle case

97 Points YWG
96 Points Bob Campbel MW
93+ Points Lisa Perroti-Brown
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Winery: Ata Rangi
Region: Wairarapa, Martinborough NZ
Variety: Pinot Noir
Vintage: 2011
Your Wine Guy says:
The Ata Rangi Pinot Noir rightfully sits among the worlds best for quality and consistency, yet at a fraction of the price you can pay for the same calibre from Burgundy.
In the glass the 2011 is deep crimson at the core with crimson purple rim. The nose shows superb intensity with aromatic varietal characters of perfumed dark plums, rich cherry, hints of violet, followed by some toasty and spicy notes. The palate is rich and intense, medium bodied, showing all the power you would expect with amazing silky finesse. The palate flavours follow from the nose with flavours of cherries, violet, spice, anise and some toasty cedary oak enveloping the palate in an exceptional flood of flavour and tannins almost velvet like. The flavours seem to go on and on, very long finish - excellent.
96 Points YWG Drink to 2016
Critics say:

"Elegant and quite complex Pinot Noir with tight, powerful cherry/berry fruit flavours and an underlying sappy, savoury mineral character that lifts the wine into another quality realm. I was reminded how well these wines develop while enjoying a bottle of 2009 the previous evening. In an ideal world this wine would be released in another two years time. A classic Ata Rangi Pinot from a good vintage."
96 Points Bob Campbell MW -, April 2013

"Pale to medium ruby in color, the 2011 Pinot Noir has an intensely perfumed nose with abundant floral scents of violets alongside pomegranate and cranberries, lavender and some earthy aromas. Medium-bodied and offering a good intensity of fruit, it has a medium level of fine tannins, balanced acid and a long finish. Drink it now to 2021+."
93+ Points Lisa Perrotti-Brown -, April 2013

The winemaker says:

Notes sourced from Ata Rangi’s site
Dark cherry, dark chocolate, damson plum, and a heady potpourri of rose petal, vanilla and spice aromas lift from the glass, flow across the palate and on through to the long finish of this powerful 2011 Pinot Noir. Tannins are plentiful and fine, creating the full, plush, fleshy texture. A warmer than average season has delivered excellent ripeness not only to the berries but also to grape stems and seeds, allowing us to include around 10% whole and intact bunches in the ferments. This technique chosen only in warm seasons allows a portion of ripe stem tannin to supplement the skin and seed tannins in bolstering a wine’s shape and structure. Still young and firm, this brooding pinot will continue to open and develop into a more savoury expression going forward.

In producing our two pinots, grapes from vines that range in age from 10 - 30 years are meticulously hand-sorted as they arrive at the winery, with individual blocks and clones fermented separately. About ten months later a blind tasting, barrel by barrel, decides the first ‘cut’. Younger vine fruit tends to end up in Crimson while the original 30-year old home block ‘Gumboot Clone’ and best plots of Dijon Clone invariably reach the quality level we seek in the main label Ata Rangi Noir. The significant vine age expresses itself in a depth, breadth and complexity of character; the distinctive ‘sense of place’ and it also contributes significantly to the consistency of quality year after year.
We recommend serving Pinot Noir at around 16oC to 18oC, and enjoy slowly, savouring the layers of flavour as the wine slowly warms and unfolds in the glass. Also consider decanting when the wine is very young, an hour or two before serving.
Winery Information:
YWG note: The Ata Rangi Pinot has been judged the world’s best Pinot Noir no less than 3 times winning the hugely coveted Bouchard-Finlayson Trophy for Best Pinot Noir at the International Wine and Spirit Competition in London. This recognition on the world stage followed a ten year period of gold medal and trophy successes in numerous major Australasian wine shows.
The following information is sourced from Ata Rangi 04/08/11
ATA RANGI "new beginning" or "dawn sky" was a barren 5-hectare paddock when Clive Paton bought it in 1980. He was one of a handful of winemaking pioneers in Martinborough, then a forgotten rural settlement, who were attracted to the area by three key features - the localised, free-draining shingle terrace some 20 metres deep, the lowest rainfall records of anywhere in the North Island, and the proximity to the capital city of Wellington, just an hour away.
Clive, who'd farmed in the area, knew the land well. He chose mainly red varieties - Pinot Noir, Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot and Syrah - and set out in pursuit of world class wines. Pinot Noir's potential shone from the start - the early wines widely appreciated for their texture and for their pure fruit expression of the variety. The early days were tough with no income, trees or shelter belts (the Wairarapa is renowned for its relentless, drying nor-westers) and little experience. The first winemakers persevered, sharing knowledge and ideas, as well as equipment and winery space. Clive grew pumpkins and garlic between the rows, carting them to the markets in Wellington.
His faith in the area paid off.
Today the wines enjoy an enviable international reputation, with listings in many of the finest restaurants of the world. As Bob Campbell MW notes "It's true - Ata Rangi has the Midas touch with all of its wines."
Around 15,000 cases are produced from the 35 hectares of vineyards supplying fruit to the winery. Over half is exported, mainly to Australia, the UK, USA and Japan. The winery shop welcomes visitors all year around. Hours are 1pm to 3pm midweek, and Noon to 4pm weekends and holidays.
Thirty years after the start of the wine industry here, Martinborough is thriving. The charming, leafy wine village with its cluster of restaurants, cafes and interesting shops centred around a park-like Square is a popular destination for wine and food-lovers or for those simply seeking a retreat from city life.

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