Ata Rangi ‘Celebre’ Martinborough 2014

Blended Red from New Zealand - Wairarapa & Wellington
Review Date : 26-Oct-2017
Dark, deep, ruby-red colour. This has great depth and soft concentration with plump plummy Merlot fruit dominating. The nose unfolds layers with dark herbs, spices, pepper and dark curranty fruits. The palate is bright and lively with rich plum, berry and curranty fruit forming a fine, concentrated core with strong linearity. The textures and acidity lend energy and carry the fruit to a long, black-fruited finish. This has firmness and suggestions of robustness. This will age well. A blend of 55% Merlot, 35% Syrah, 5% Cabernet Sauvignon and 5% Cabernet Franc, with uninoculated fermentations to 13.0% alc., the wine on skins 25 days and aged 17 months in 20% new French oak. 18.5+/20 Oct 2017 RRP $40.00 A blend of 55% Merlot, 35% Syrah, 5% Cabernet Sauvignon and 5% Cabernet Franc. Again an interesting comparison with the 2013, which to me was vigorous, robust, textural and very ageworthy. This 2014 has a dark, deep ruby-red colour, and on this showing the Cabernets are showing through with their curranty aromas and flavours. But there’s supporting black plum, herbs and red fruit aromas and flavours too. Lovely stylish, fine-grained tannin extraction lending a velvety flow. The terms stylish and sophisticated come to mind, and this has a degree of finesse and accessibility. I rate the 2013 and 2014 Celebre the same, but mu palate will drink the 2014 now. 18.5+/20 Oct 2016 RRP $40.00 Dark, deep ruby-red colour, a little lighter on the rim, youthful in appearance. The nose is full and firmly concentrated with near robust aromas of vibrantly ripe blackberry fruit along with black plum and blackcurrant notes, detailed by subtle nuances of dark herbs and earth, unveiling suggestions of spices and nutty oak. Medium to medium-full bodied, the palate has bright and plush fruit flavours of ripe black-berried fruits, black plums, Asian spices, with herb and currant notes, unfolding some black pepper and toasty oak. The fruit richness is supported by fine-grained tannin extraction structure with good, elegant grip, and enlivened by softly ripe acidity. The flavours are harmoniously melded and carry with energy to a softly full and long lingering finish of black fruits, pepper and cassis. This is a rich, plush black berry, black plum and curranty red blend with spice ant oak detail on a finely structured palate with soft, ripe acidity. Match with lamb, beef, venison as slow-cooked game dishes over the next 6-8+ years. A blend of 55% Merlot, 35% Syrah, 5% Cabernet Sauvignon and 5% Cabernet Franc, from the ‘Ata Rangi Home’, ‘Craighall’, Di Mattina’, ‘Champ Ali’, ‘Boundary Road’ and ‘Kahu’ sites, with uninoculated fermentations to 13.0% alc., the wine on skins 25 days and aged 17 months in 20% new French oak. 18.5+/20 Oct 2016 RRP $40.00

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