Te Wā , ‘time and place’ in te reo Māori pays homage to the distinctive wine style delivered by the stony, alluvial gravels and the cool climate of the Martinborough Terrace. Our cool south prevailing wind during spring is brutal on developing bunches at flowering resulting in looser, lighter bunch weights providing lower yields. The deep gravels temper the vigour of the otherwise rampant Sauvignon Blanc vine, giving less overall canopy. This smaller canopy results in a slower, longer ripening, with a depth of flavour in the skins and a ripe crunchy seed.
The 2021 is Ata Rangi's first vintage made solely from their Walnut Ridge vineyard behind the winery. A 20 years old certified organic block producing naturally low yields and small concentrated, bunches for the 2021 vintage.
A deep concentrated style, with 40% whole bunch fermentation, skin contact gives an intense aromatic profile of nectarine, fennel flowers, melon and manuka honey. Spicey notes of cardamon pod follow through to an intense, concentrated, and powerful palate. This is a serious style of Sauvignon Blanc far removed from what has come to be expected from NZ. A unique expression of the small 2021 harvest, with palate weight that is long, dry and balanced. A fantastic food wine.