2014 Ata Rangi Pinot Noir
Graceful, yet rich and structured this is another beautifully crafted Pinot in the classic Ata Rangi style.
Sourced from the oldest parcels of fruit, the fabled Abel clone, allegedly smuggled from Burgundy in the mid 1970’s, makes up to 40% of the blend. Maturation took place in French oak (35% new) for a period of 11 months.
Very deep purple red colour with a tinge of black around the edges and a bright crimson purple hue. Intensely perfumed with scents of violets, ripe dark cherries, strawberries and anise jumping out of the glass followed by complexing nuances of dried meats, toasty cedar and spice. Rich and quite full the palate features mouthfilling flavours of spicy ripe dark cherries and strawberries laced with anise over some toasty oak, subtle meatiness and spice. Excellent concentration and power. The tannins provide an excellent framework possessing an underlying firmness and give the wine a bit of grip on the finish. Yet there’s an overall sense of suppleness due to the wealth of fruit. Long aftertaste of spicy ripe dark cherries, strawberries, toasty anise and some meatiness.
Cellar 6-8 years.