Ata Rangi Pinot Noir 2013
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James SucklingA significant pinot noir that displays immense quality, depth and completeness tasted ahead of bottling. Very complex indeed with exotic spices, meaty charcuterie and game meats. A fabulous array of different cherry fruit characters, hints of citrus zest and saffron plus some foresty bracken to add. The palate has immense energy and depth yet treads lightly on balanced structure and even shape, the tannins wind out and around supple flesh, gathering together and fanning at the finish, the acidity is bright throughout and the finish holds long. A masterpiece. Commanding and seductive pinot noir at its finest. Drink in 2019.
Wine EnthusiastPower and grace combine in this tour de force from Helen Masters, Ata Rangi's winemaker. Toasty oak frames intense black cherry fruit, with hints of herbs adding a savory element. Firm tannins provide ample structure, while the lengthy finish prolongs the pleasure. Drink 2018-2025.
Wine AdvocatePale to medium ruby-purple colored, the 2013 Pinot Noir has youthfully subtle notes of red plums, cranberries and black cherries with suggestions of forest floor, lavender and garrigue. Very elegant in the mouth with layers of ethereal fruit and earth characters nicely framed by firm silky tannins and just enough acidity, it offers a satisfyingly long finish.