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Ata Rangi Pinot Noir 2013

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2013 provided a long, warm growing season and a cool autumn, resulting in fruit in perfect condition. Enticing floral aromas of star anise, crushed red rose, violets and succulent raspberry meld with savoury notes of sandalwood and orris root. There's a tension and vibrancy on the entry, with a compelling mid palate. Fine layered tannins flow through giving a seamless mineral quality on the finish. The culmination of an exceptional vintage, vine age and meticulous attention to detail
 in both vineyard and winery.
Category Red Wine
Varietal
Country New Zealand
Region Wellington
Appellation Martinborough
Brand Ata Rangi
  • js98-99

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.

  • we94

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.

Joe Czerwinski, July 1, 2015
  • wa93

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.

Lisa Perrotti-Brown, January 2015