The latest vintage of one of New Zealand’s greatest Pinot Noir’s

I have just received my allocation of Ata Rangi’s new vintage – and I am very pleased to offer it. This is one of New Zealand’s top Pinot Noirs, for the price of a village Burgundy. It really is up there with Felton Road’s ‘Block’ wines in terms of quality.

Early season frosts and cool weather during the flowering period resulted in low bunch numbers that were open and small berried. As a result, 2021 is a small yielding year in terms of quantity but concentrated and seamless in terms of weight and tannin. Weather conditions for the rest of season were kind and enabled a harvest of clean, impeccable fruit with ripe seeds and bright acid. Made from only the oldest Pinot Noir plantings on the Martinborough Terrace, this wine is the best of six small vineyards all within 500 metres of the winery.

The 2021 Pinot Noir was 40% whole bunch pressed and 60% destemmed, fermented with indigenous yeasts in tank. After pressing, the wine underwent full malolactic fermentation in oak barrels. It was aged for 11 months in French oak barrels, of which 35% was new. The wine was then blended and aged for a further eight months prior to bottling.

Ata Rangi’s first vineyard covered less than five hectares on deep, free-draining alluvial gravels, the original course of a local river which flows from the hills that flank the eastern side of the valley. Their oldest Pinot Noir vines, which include a clone allegedly smuggled from DRC in Burgundy (known in NZ as the ‘gumboot clone’ because it was brought through the airport in a boot), were planted in 1980. In 2010, the AtaR angi Pinot Noir was granted the title of ‘Tipuranga Teitei o Aotearoa’ (which translates from Maori as ‘Great Growth of New Zealand’ or ‘Grand Cru’) in recognition of their unique site and of the family’s commitment to evolving and developing New Zealand Pinot Noir. In January 2019, winemaker Helen Masters was awarded 2019 New Zealand Winemaker of the Year by Gourmet Traveller WINE magazine, a superb recognition of her 16 years’ work at Ata Rangi.

‘Ata Rangi is one of New Zealand's most respected Pinot Noir producers, offering nuance and complexity. The wines always manage balance ripeness of fruit with a delicate hand, extricating fine tannins. Long-time winemaker Helen Masters nails it every year whither the season.’Rebecca Gibbs, Vinous (Apr 2022)

Ata Rangi, Pinot Noir 2021

25 cs (6x75cl) – GBP 300 / cs IB

Lively and vibrant red fruits of wild strawberries and red cherries followed by rose hips, ground spices and a touch of citrus zest. Medium-bodied, finely grained velvety tannins with a delightful acid backbone. Zesty and layered wine with beautiful balance and complexity. It’s already enjoyable but will age gracefully. 97 pts jamessuckling.com (Nov 2023)

The 2021 Pinot Noir definitely reflects the vintage. It’s good colour and abundance of gravelly tannins display the smaller berried, smaller vintage. It’s bright fruit, intense concentration and plentiful acidity accompany primary red fruit flavour, with an impressive show of ample black tea leaf-like tannins. It’s a wine for the long haul that draws out on the extended finish. Drink 2025-2039. 95-97 pts Rebecca Gibb, Vinous (Apr 2023)

The 2021 Pinot Noir is vibrant on the nose and totally precise and focused. The acid spools right from the front of the palate and has a mobile, agile way about it. The season may have had its challenges, but the wine is effortless, natural and shapely. It's great. The 40% whole bunch here sits well within the red fruit and creates a capacious mid-palate, without an impact of stalky flavour. Superb. A real pleasure to drink. 2023-2037. 95 pts Erin Larkin, Wine Advocate (Dec 2023)

Available from the end of May.

All the best,

Tom

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2021 Ata Rangi, Pinot Noir, Martinborough 6x75cl

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£300 / Case (Excl. UK Duty & VAT)£379.22 / Case (Incl. UK Duty & VAT)Duty Status: In BondAvailability: Future Arrival
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