Ata Rangi Pinot Noir 2018

The long-serving, dedicated team behind Ata Rangi just go from strength to strength. Their Pinots have always been great and yet, even in a world where the Pinot benchmark gets higher very year, Ata Rangi is better than ever. LISA PEROTTI-BROWN MW, The Wine Advocate

Ata Rangi is probably my favourite ‘New World’ Pinot producer. GARY WALSH, The Wine Front

This stunning estate makes the most revered Pinot Noir in New Zealand. MATTHEW JUKES

Ata Rangi is the crowned king of New Zealand Pinot Noir. It has been making stunning wine for a long time; experience, vine age and a great vineyard site giving a competitive edge. DECANTER MAGAZINE

Ata Rangi Pinot continues to set the pace for the variety in New Zealand. Among the ever growing number of estates on both islands and the, pleasingly, continuing rise in quality across the regions, Ata Rangi remains a shinning light, a beacon for what Pinot can achieve in NZ when you have the right vineyards and great wine minds running things.

While there are a number of producers now nipping at their heals for the title of Martinborough’s greatest wine, Clive, Helen and the rest of the team have continued to push forward and, as with all truly world class estates, continuously tweak details to coax a little more out of each vintage. To me, they remain one of the Southern Hemisphere’s greatest exponents of the variety and a producer with a track record of crafting some of the finest wines in NZ year in and year out.

As to the 2018, it is, not surprisingly, a knockout. Sexy, plush, suave fruit with a detailed aromatic profile of red berries, spice and perfume. A waft of incense and wood smoke. Ample volume and wonderful freshness are pulled in to check by restraining tannins. Finishes long and with a snap of energy and a final lashing of crunchy, tart, bright red fruits. Classy stuff.

Temptation would lead me to drink these on the young side, but I would love to see the wine in 5-8 years as well. I think it will age longer but I feel like all that playful generosity should be experienced in the context of its youthful exuberance.