Ata Rangi is rightly considered to be one of New Zealand’s top Pinot Noir producers. This is a special cuvée that they make from a small portion of the vineyard behind the winery, and the special feature of this plot is that there’s 800 mm of clay above the gravels. This is the debut vintage of this wine, now aged 11, and developing beautifully even though it was from young vines.
Ata Rangi McCrone Pinot Noir 2006 Martinborough, New Zealand
From a plot behind the winery with 800 mm of Clay above the gravels. This is the first vintage from vines planted planted in 2001. Really expressive: dense black cherry, pepper and herb notes. Some tar too. Nice structure and weight with lovely fruit. A serious, structured wine that’s developing very well. 95/100
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