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Crimson Pinot Noir Ata Rangi (37.5cl) 2017

£14.00

We visited the Ata Rangi estate in Martinborough during our 2014 tours to New Zealand, and met owners Clive and Phyll Paton, who are Martinborough pioneers.  Despite their exalted status (Clive is an Officer of the New Zealand Order of Merit) they were wonderfully down to earth and entertaining.

Martinborough, an hour’s (rather scary) drive from Wellington at the southern end of the South Island is producing some fabulous Pinot Noir.  The Crimson has vibrant red fruit flavours – cherry, strawberry, raspberry and a vibrant palate, medium bodied with a lovely length.  It would easily evolve some more complex flavours as the tannins and fruit integrate fully over the next couple of years.  It would also easily slip down right now!

I included the 2017 vintage in our online tasting of New Zealand wines, and there is video evidence of me comparing it blind with the Wild Earth Pinot Noir from Central Otago!   

I proposed a recipe link in the tasting for seared tuna with glass noodles, but cold meats, lighter meats like pork or rabbit or other meaty fish like swordfish would complement this wine well.  The Oxford Isis cow’s milk washed rind cheese goes really well with this wine.

Also available in full bottle, and if you want to splash out the half bottle of their Ata Rangi Pinot Noir 2016 is stunning (if a little pricey).

Additional information

Colour/Style

Red

Major Grape Varieties

Pinot Noir

Country/Region

New Zealand

Region

Martinborough

Vintage

2017

Dry/Sweet

Dry

Alcohol level

12-13.5%

Winemaking

Organic, Vegan, Vegetarian

Bottle Size

37.5cl

Food matching suggestions

Charcuterie/Cold Meats/Pâte, Fish, Lighter stews

Cheese Matching Suggestions

Washed rind cheeses eg Taleggio, includes 'stinky' like Epoisses