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2018 Ata Rangi Pinot Noir
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- Cellar Drink Now - 8 years (2021-2029)
- ABV 13.5%
- Closure: Stelvin
Produced from only the oldest parcels on the estate, the 2018 season was one of the warmest experienced at Ata Rangi. A drier than usual November and very warm December led up to regional temperatures breaking records in late January. This created a good buffer from the wetter and cooler weather that appeared at the back end of the season. Grapes were therefore picked pleasingly ripe and in great condition. Fermentation took place with 35% whole bunch inclusion and was then matured for 11 months in French oak of which 35% was new.
Deep dark red colour with black tinged edges and a dark red hue. Showing terrific intensity, perfumed violet like scents lead the way morphing into red to dark cherry, red plum, strawberry and subtle anise. Subtle notes of vanillin cedar, forest floor and spicy fresh herbs then follow on. Rich dark cherry, plum and strawberry fruits are both caressing in their feel and also seductive. Bright fresh acidity and stern yet polished tannins play their roll to provide a great framework. Superb power wave and structure with complexing elements of graphite, smoked meats, earthy black olives, forest floor and spice lying underneath. Long yet tightly knit finish.
Cellar 6-8 years.
Aromas of red cherries, cedar, dry brown spices, forest berries and wood, as well as rose-like perfume. It opens and aromatically enriches with some air. The palate has all the trademark layering of smooth tannins and a smoothly ripe ball of fresh red cherries. Assertive drive to the finish. Drink or hold. Screw cap.