Ata Rangi Pinot Noir 2006

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  • South Melbourne
  • Sydney
This producer is easily the most consistent producer in Australasia, making complex, age-worthy wines.\nTIM WHITE, The Australian Financial Review\n\nThe dream vintage of 2006 has produced a lively, fruit-expressive pinot that reflects the strong Ata Rangi heritage. Selected barrel components kept separate during fermentation and maturation integrated unusually effortlessly on blending, immediately revealing a wine of deceptive power and grace - the ultimate reward for a\n\nwinemaker, and the result of an exceptionally favourable season. Sleek, ultra-supple tannins support the vivid red fruits, fresh plum-stone and ripe black cherry notes. Dark\n\nchocolate and rose scents add intrigue and promise, as do the fine savoury threads which run through the palate. Taut and restrained when young, this vibrant pinot will in time reveal its wilder, earthier side, along with voluptuous fruit spun in a shawl of silky tannins.\n\nSourced largely from the oldest home blocks now reaching 27 years of age, Abel (aka the ‘Ata Rangi’ clone) is predominant, but Clone 5 (or Pommard) and Dijon clones 114, 115 and 667 also play important supporting roles. We recommend serving Pinot Noir at around 16 to 18 oC, and that you take time to enjoy the layers of flavour as the wine slowly warms and unfolds in the glass. Also consider decanting when the wine is very young, for perhaps one hour before serving. ATA RANGI\n