Ata Rangi – Wines from Artisans

26-Jan-2012
From the beginning, Clive Paton has been regarded as the artisan, and this reputation has stayed with him as his Ata Rangi wines have grown in stature to become some of the best in Martinborough, and indeed New Zealand. Over a quarter of a century, the Ata Rangi wines have become more polish and detailed, and the quality and style has risen so that they are models for other producers nationwide and possibly world-wide. The wines remain the produce of artisans, hand-crafted with great care in the vineyards and in the winery. The operation remains a small one, true to the philosophy of shaping the wines personally. Ata Rangi is and will always be a family business, with Clive, his wife Phyll, sister Alison, supported by long-time viticulturist Gerry Rotman and the talented Helen Masters in the winery, running all the essentials. The latest releases, mainly from the 2011 and cool, slow-to-ripen 2010 vintage are reviewed here. The 2011s show a tightening and refinement of style, and the 2010s show sensitive interpretation of the fruit and figure among the classiest of their type I've seen from Martinborough from that year. www.atarangi.co.nz

FEATURED WINES IN THIS REVIEW

  • Ata Rangi Martinborough Sauvignon Blanc 2011
  • Ata Rangi Martinborough Pinot Noir 2010

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