Ata Rangi Crimson Pinot Noir 2016
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Crimson is characterised by dark cherry fruit and earthy complexity; the product of a warm vintage that delivered a wonderful spread of tannins from both the skins and the ripe, nut-brown seeds. There are savoury, gamey notes as well as hints of crushed rose petals on the nose, altogether more evocative of Burgundy than typical, fruit-forward New World pinots. The palate has a long, satisfying, flavoursome finish.
Sales of this now well-established younger vines pinot noir support the work of Project Crimson, a charitable conservation trust established in 1990 for the protection of New Zealand’s iconic native red-flowering trees - pohutukawa, and northern and southern rata. Ata Rangi founder Clive Paton has long been an avid conservationist and tree planter. The idea for Crimson evolved from his endeavours with rata propagation and planting at the family’s Bush Block and his approach six years ago to the Project Crimson team for advice and support.