2013 Ata Rangi Pinot Noir Martinborough SKU #1222689


JS 98 SK 98 RC 97-98
BC 97 WE 94 RP 93
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K&L Notes

The myth, the legend that is Ata Rangi Pinot. A stunning new edition of this iconic wine from one of New Zealand's most revered estates. 2013 was an exceptional vintage across much of NZ, so the quality of this wine shouldn't come as a surprise, yet it seems this legendary producer has outdone themselves yet again. Ata Rangi's Pinot is often quiet structured in its youth however the 2013 seems to have great approachability even in its infancy. I have enjoyed many Ata Rangi bottles at 10+ years of age and have no doubt that if you can keep your hands (or lips) off this bottle until 2025 it will bring immense pleasure. Ryan Woodhouse (K&L New Zealand Wine Buyer) Winemaker's Notes: 2013 provided a long, warm growing season and a cool autumn, resulting in fruit in perfect condition. Enticing floral aromas of star anise, crushed red rose, violets and succulent raspberry meld with savoury notes of sandalwood and orris root. There’s a tension and vibrancy on the entry, with a compelling mid palate. Fine layered tannins flow through giving a seamless mineral quality on the finish - the culmination of an exceptional vintage, vine age and meticulous attention to detail in both vineyard and winery. Winemaking Technique: 30% whole bunch with the remainder destemmed. Fermentation by indigenous yeasts. Hand-plunged. 18 - 24 days cuvaison. 11 months maturation in French oak 35% new.

Staff Reviews

  • Jim Chanteloup
    By: Jim Chanteloup
    K&L Staff Member
    In 1980 Clive Paton was an early pioneer for winemaking/grape growing in Martinborough, and along with his partner in every sense Phyll Patti, has brought Ata Rangi to "Grand Cru" status for New Zealand Pinot Noir. Head Winemaker since 2003, Helen Masters has crafted one of the most accessible yet complex Ata Rangi Pinot Noir in some time. The nose offers bright, fresh floral notes along with raspberry, cherry, dried orange peel, flat cola, and a hint of dusty cumin/Asian spice. On the palate the wine has great energy and drive with seamless balance, mineral accents and deceptive, ripe tannins supported by juicy acidity. I say deceptive because while the tannin structure is supple it nonetheless ensures a long future. There is a beautiful layered feel to this wine that is exceptional given its youth and simply goes on and on with a long persistent finish. This is a great one...Bravo
  • Nicole Osmanski
    By: Nicole Osmanski
    K&L Staff Member
    Ata Rangi’s 2013 Pinot Noir drinks like a journey in a glass: it unveils so many layers as it opens up; it can be enjoyed now or cellared for up to a decade for a different drinking experience; and it is rich with the terroir and history of Martinborough. Ata Rangi’s founders pioneered winemaking in the area and now own and manage the most highly regarded winery in Martinborough. They practice sustainable viniculture and all of their wines are 100% organic. Their 2013 Pinot opens with very pure and subtle aromas of anise, earth, smoke, wood, spice, and fresh cloudberry. The palate is silky and rich with deep fruit, anchored by notes of cola spice and lots of minerality. The Ata Rangi has a healthy amount of acidity, as well, that begs for an equally elegant meal to drink it with.
  • Ryan Woodhouse
    By: Ryan Woodhouse
    K&L Staff Member
    One of the most complex and alluring Pinots I have ever tasted. Absolutely classic Ata Rangi (that is to say quintessential Martinborough Pinot Noir). Beautifully perfumed, sweet exotic spices, sandalwood, perfectly ripe dark berry fruits, brambly / briary nuances and dusty, dry mineral qualities. The texture is pure silk, very fine, supple tannins, vibrant acidity and lovely fruit weight and density. Long, evolving, flowing on the palate with so much detail and layered character; this really opens in the glass. I am so pleased that this wine is so expressive right now, sometimes Ata Rangi's Pinots can take a while to show their true colors but this is undoubtedly world class from the outset. A long and glorious life ahead of it.
    Drink from 2015 to 2030
  • David Driscoll
    By: David Driscoll
    K&L Staff Member
    Amazingly lush while maintaining a balancing base of spice and acidity. Dark cherry, underbrush, forest floor notes, but that amazingly soft texture always comes back around to sweep everything along like velvet. Fantastic wine, pure and simple


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