Ata Rangi Pinot Noir 2016
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Bright, succulent and ripe red fruits create an inviting first impression of this classic Ata Rangi Pinot Noir. As the wine unfolds, delicate floral aromas emerge - think of dark, velvety roses - a fitting image for a wine with such luxuriously silky textural qualities. Tannins are very fine, very supple, allowing the wine to show lovely primary fruit on the nose at this early stage. The long, long finish is laden with fruit weight and intensity that promises rewards from careful cellaring. This was a very favourable vintage in Martinborough, with moderate yields and ideal temperatures and weather conditions throughout the season.
Sourced largely from the oldest home blocks now reaching 29 years of age, Abel (aka the ‘Ata Rangi’ clone) is predominant, but Clone 5 (or Pomard) and Dijon clones 114, 115 and 667 play important supporting roles. We recommend serving Pinot Noir at around 16 to 18 oC, 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.