Ata Rangi

Martinborough Pinot Noir

9.1313 ratings
9.166 pro ratings
Martinborough, Wairarapa, North Island, New Zealand
Pinot Noir
Turkey, Game, Exotic Spices, Soft Cheese, Duck, Goose, Salads & Greens, Potato, Quinoa, Farro, Brown Rice, White Rice, Pasta, Herbs, Nuts & Seeds, Mushrooms, Chicken, Meaty & Oily Fish, Shellfish, Crab & Lobster, Stew, Onion, Shallot, Garlic, Salami & Prosciutto, Salmon, Quinoa, Shellfish
Top Notes For
Bob McDonald

Dense dark Ruby in colour. Red berry perfume with Sous Bois. Medium plus bodied with rich cherry and red berry flavours. Somewhat closed and constrained - yet to spread its wings and reveal its full potential.

Dense dark Ruby in colour. Red berry perfume with Sous Bois. Medium plus bodied with rich cherry and red berry flavours. Somewhat closed and constrained - yet to spread its wings and reveal its full potential.

Dec 11th, 2021
Bob McDonald

At the Downs. Club magnum dinner on Wednesday night. A very rich Pinot Noir and one of New Zealand’s finest. A bit closed - needs a lot of swirling. A medium to full bodied palate. Tannins are a little coarse and grainy but I put that down to its youth. Too young to be drinking this particularly from magnum. Should be great in 10 years time. 99 points from James Suckling.

At the Downs. Club magnum dinner on Wednesday night. A very rich Pinot Noir and one of New Zealand’s finest. A bit closed - needs a lot of swirling. A medium to full bodied palate. Tannins are a little coarse and grainy but I put that down to its youth. Too young to be drinking this particularly from magnum. Should be great in 10 years time. 99 points from James Suckling.

Dec 8th, 2021
Bob McDonald

Very spicy initially on the nose. On the light to medium weight palate some savoury earthy notes but essentially black cherry. Very good and obviously new world. Always one of the best Pinots in New Zealand from Martinborough. This is delicious and fruit driven with integrated oak. Drinking well in its middle age with some years to go. Tasted another bottle 36 weeks later on 6th March 2022 with similar notes. Ripe black cherry aromas. Medium to full bodied tasting more like Central Otago rather than Martinborough. Opulent and mouth filling. Have the 2nd last in late 2023.

Very spicy initially on the nose. On the light to medium weight palate some savoury earthy notes but essentially black cherry. Very good and obviously new world. Always one of the best Pinots in New Zealand from Martinborough. This is delicious and fruit driven with integrated oak. Drinking well in its middle age with some years to go. Tasted another bottle 36 weeks later on 6th March 2022 with similar notes. Ripe black cherry aromas. Medium to full bodied tasting more like Central Otago rather than Martinborough. Opulent and mouth filling. Have the 2nd last in late 2023.

Jun 24th, 2021
Victor Charcan

Expressive nose of red sour cherries, candy, yeast, clean, maybe lacking a bit of complexity for the price. Guess I should have waited longer for this 2017 drunk in 2021

Expressive nose of red sour cherries, candy, yeast, clean, maybe lacking a bit of complexity for the price. Guess I should have waited longer for this 2017 drunk in 2021

Apr 17th, 2021
Bob McDonald

Ripe red fruits with cherry to the fore. Also spice and a hint of ginger - smoky. A light to medium bodied palate finishing with ultra fine grained tannins. To be honest not as impressive as I was expecting. This wine seems to be between youthful exuberance but not yet gaining complexity. I did have one a few years ago brought by a friend which was delicious. Try the next in a year or so.

Ripe red fruits with cherry to the fore. Also spice and a hint of ginger - smoky. A light to medium bodied palate finishing with ultra fine grained tannins. To be honest not as impressive as I was expecting. This wine seems to be between youthful exuberance but not yet gaining complexity. I did have one a few years ago brought by a friend which was delicious. Try the next in a year or so.

Oct 8th, 2020
Jonathan Wall

Wait for it... the second day this showed well, and finally started to open with some forest and Burgundian notes. The first day was tight and sharp. ... I don’t agree with some of the sky high magazine reviews, perhaps projecting potential like an over valued dot com.

Wait for it... the second day this showed well, and finally started to open with some forest and Burgundian notes. The first day was tight and sharp. ... I don’t agree with some of the sky high magazine reviews, perhaps projecting potential like an over valued dot com.

Oct 13th, 2019
Bob McDonald

At an old school mate and fellow Pinot nut up at Maroochydore. Never had an aged Ata Rangi before and it was marvellous. Thanks John! Always one of the best Pinots in New Zealand, at 10 years it has dropped a lot of the aromatic red fruits of its youth and become much more Burgundian with savoury earthy mushroom and compost heap nuances. A beautiful wine.

At an old school mate and fellow Pinot nut up at Maroochydore. Never had an aged Ata Rangi before and it was marvellous. Thanks John! Always one of the best Pinots in New Zealand, at 10 years it has dropped a lot of the aromatic red fruits of its youth and become much more Burgundian with savoury earthy mushroom and compost heap nuances. A beautiful wine.

May 3rd, 2019
Lynn Penner-Ash

Owner/Winemaker Penner-Ash

9.7

Lynn had this 8 years ago

Lynn had this 8 years ago

3 people found it helpfulJan 27th, 2014
Shengli Hu

Juicy red cherry, cola nuts. Black tea leaves, mint, sage. Med acid, med+ sweet tannins, med body/length/intensity. Abel and Dijon clones. 30% whole cluster, native ferment. 35% new oak 11 months. 13% abv.

Juicy red cherry, cola nuts. Black tea leaves, mint, sage. Med acid, med+ sweet tannins, med body/length/intensity. Abel and Dijon clones. 30% whole cluster, native ferment. 35% new oak 11 months. 13% abv.

1 person found it helpfulFeb 18th, 2020
Scott Rowe

2nd of the 2nd, also the runner up. Paired well with our meal.
Soft and gluggable.

2nd of the 2nd, also the runner up. Paired well with our meal.
Soft and gluggable.

1 person found it helpfulJan 25th, 2015