Ata Rangi’s Aged Releases

24-Apr-2013
Only a wine producer with established vines, vineyards, winemaking and confidence in the high quality of its wines can successfully hold on to a number of their different styles for release as cellar-aged wines. These wines will have either required bottle age to show their potential, or to evolve with greater interest and complexity. Invariably such wine producers are among the best, with a track record of making wines of proven quality, and this is the case with Ata Rangi, one of the pioneers in Martinborough. With nearly three decades of growing wine, Ata Rangi is one of the most highly regarded winegrowers in the country, with an esteemed reputation over the world. They have just released three older wines, across a wide range of styles, all with classical interest. The ‘Craighall’ dry Riesling shows old-vine character, the vines at 24 y.o. A rare single-varietal Syrah bottling, the first made for over a decade. And a single-site Pinot Noir from the 2.43 ha vineyard established in 2001 by Don and Carole McCrone, growers also in Oregon for Ken Wright Cellars. The vineyard, with clay influenced soils, is now owned by Ata Rangi. These wines are not available through general trade channels due to the limited production, but via mail order and at the cellar door. www.atarangi.co.nz

FEATURED WINES IN THIS REVIEW

  • Ata Rangi ‘Craighall’ Martinborough Riesling 2009
  • Ata Rangi Martinborough Syrah 2009
  • Ata Rangi ‘McCrone Vineyard’ Martinborough Pinot Noir 2008

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