Handpicked fruit from low yielding vines has produced an elegant, deeply scented wine with sweet, ripe cherry and plum flavours with a round and well balanced finish, with savoury and roasted oak characters. Aged in French oak barriques, half new, this handcrafted single vineyard wine can be enjoyed now or cellared for up to seven years.
2009 Pinot Noir "Attractive wine with strong, bright plum and dark cherry flavours. Moderately concentrated sweet fruit with a lingering finish. An appealing wine with strong varietal definition." Bob Campbell - 4 Stars
2010 Pinot Noir "Attractive wine with fresh, bright red cherry and plum flavours. Concentrated sweet fruit with a lingering finish. An appealing wine with strong varietal definition." Bob Campbell - 4 Stars
"Very similar to the regular label, with a little more fruit concentration and oak influence. Very focused wine with a linear and lingering finish ."- Bob Campbell - 4 Stars
This 2016 release is right on form, with the warmer than average temperatures delivering excellent conditions to fully ripen these later-maturing varieties. Notably, it’s also the 30th year of Célèbre from our almost four decades on the land. The original Cabernet-Merlot dominant blend has evolved to predominantly Merlot-Syrah with touches of Cabernet Sauvignon, Franc and Malbec contributing both complexity and structure.
The nose is bright and intense with sweet red fruit and hints of cassis.
Aromatics are tempered with notes of fennel and coriander seed, the palate unfolding with flavours of ripe red fruits and fresh blackcurrant. There is great concentration at the core and a suppleness thanks to the fine, ripe tannins.
We recommend time in bottle to see this wine at its peak.
The 2017 season was cooler than average, delivering wines of complexity and vibrant acid structure. An enticing nose of mulberry and bramble fruits complements a spice lift of tamarind paste and crushed sumac berry. The palate is long and textural with a thread of fine tannins.
The winemaking philosophy is the same as for our signature Pinot Noir: no enzymes or yeasts are added, providing a hands-off, traditional approach which we feel more truly expresses the site.
Over the past 30 years of Ata Rangi Pinot Noir releases, the wine has developed a strong reputation for a particular savouriness of style which reflects our grapes, sites and climate. The 2016 year typifies this style – a complex set of aromas and flavours which ripple over each other: juniper, cranberry, manuka flower, sandalwood, a hint of gingerbread and classic sweet hay. On the palate, flavours spread from warm spice to Campari, with a savoury seam that hints at ramen broth. The entry is vibrant and compelling with a rush of tannin that sweeps the flavours right through the palate. While this release will reward from cellaring, it is also highly satisfying to drink now.
The 2016 season was very dry with overall growing degree days within a normal range. The key difference from an average year, however, was timing. February temperatures soared well above the norm, in fact it was the hottest summer month since 1998. The resulting early seed ripening allowed picking at lower brix, and a cooler back end to the season provided good hang time for complete tannin ripeness.
Only the oldest and most revered parcels of fruit are used in this, our premium Pinot Noir. The fabled Abel clone, allegedly smuggled from Burgundy in the mid-70s, makes up 40% of the blend. The result is a very complex, structured wine, beautifully perfumed in the classic Ata Rangi style.
This 2014 'Provenance' Pinot Noir shows a wealth of brambly ripe dark cherry fruit characters, with a sappy cherry and plum stone finish supported by fine tannins.Can be enjoyed now or cellared for up to 10 years
Floral bouquet, red cherries, slightly mushroom with a sweet and ripe dark cherry fruit palate enhanced with chocolate and thyme. Balanced structure and bright round tannins.
Great with gamey meats, and rich tomato based dishes. It also suits salmon and lamb.
Enjoy with a Big Sky!!
Delicately perfumed, displaying floral, cherry and subtle savoury aromas. The palate is bright and juicy with lovely fruit intensity, backed by refreshing acidity and gently firm tannins.
Attractive fragrances and floral aromas on the nose here. This has a leafy side too with violets, herbs and bracken, as well as purple cherries. The palate is supple and smooth, showing layered, ripe nutty tannins and boysenberries. Plenty of light, fleshy appeal.
Animus was born of a desire to reflect their more masculine take on Pinot Noir and the character of the Martinborough Terrace. They work with organically grown fruit sourced from old vines that they personally tend. The wine is renowned for its dark spice and fruit plus a little sauvage meaty character to complex them both.
They are lucky to have a small parcel of old Syrah vines at Cambridge Road. The wines continue to astound with their varietal definition and delicious natural balance. This is their smallest production of wine yet arguably making the highest impact for them around the world.
The 2017 vintage was characterised by a cool start, patchy weather and what passed for summer starting in late February – i.e. an awkward year in the vineyard.
Despite these conditions our fruit came in clean and we picked between 5-10 April. Average brix a little lighter than usual at 22.7. The wine is savoury (10/5 clone) and delicious with a lighter texture than the 2016 – a delicate little number reminding you that unlike cabernet, which is bigger, Pinot Noir is complex and gentle simultaneously.
Que Sera is a deep, bright blood red colour (and not the deep purple/almost black of Australian Shiraz). Apart from the standard peppery character, vocab offered by their panel included new leather, dark berry fruit/plum, chocolate and treacle. Take your pick. In short, this is a great toasty, tasty, testy, tipsy wine, with a lovely firm finish and just enough tartness.
"Deep ruby red colour with depth, lighter on the edge. On the nose this wine entices with aromas of dark fruit (plums) and red floral notes. There are layers of aromatics consisting of earth, spice and dark cherry. Medium-full bodied, the palate has a core of rich, sweet and luscious red fruit flavours. There are dark herbs, a fine-grained tannin structure with balanced, refreshing acidity. Overall style is one of low intervention, a pure expression of the 2018 vintage, of the Martinborough Terrace, and particularly of the vineyard".
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To refresh the memory, 2016 was an outstanding vintage, no less for Syrah. After a moderately warm and very dry summer, the long autumn helped with the late slow ripening of our Syrah perfectly. Little rain at the end of the season made picking easy and ensured impeccably healthy grapes came into the winery.
A deep purple colour with a tamarillo hew indicates the wine is still in infancy stage. The influence of fine, mostly older oak preservesthe primary and floral characters like cherries, fresh blackcurrants, violets and Christmas spices. It cries ripe characters of black liquorice, dark boysenberries and crème de cassis. The wine has more to reveal behind the veil of primary fruit characters, toasted almond paste and black olives.
The low cropping levels combined with the elevated ripeness of the Syrah clearly contribute to the heavy fruit weight, mainly on the mid-palate. Approachable and fine grained, more powdery tannins are focussed on the centre-mid area of the palate, stretching lengthways to the back like a long rod. Combined with a gentle acidity,the wine still shows firm and compact, hiding the more elegant and delicate fruit charactersandleaving it up to time to emerge and unfold. Amiable yet shy, the 2016 Syrah will require another five more years to reveal its full potential.
The 2017 growing conditions were nearly identical to the 2014 vintage, in numbers. The flowering conditions were sub-optimal, which caused some patchy fruit set and lowered the potential yield. This might have been a blessing since in the second half of the summer we experienced lower sunshine hours due to continuous cloud cover, and higher winds, which subsequently slowed down ripening conditions.
The presence of adequate heat, but a lack of sunshine (UV-light) brings out previously un-seen characters in our Dry River Pinot noir. We usually utilise sunlight to our advantage to benefit both tannin and aromatic accumulation. Provided we pick at their peak, we can gently extract these characters during fermentation. This year we had to delay picking by seven to ten days and thus had to work a little harder to extract the desired components in the winery, resulting in a more approachable, sappy rich wine, full of flavour.
The nose is very attractive, with a perfume-like finesse and a lighter than usual appearance. A fresh, complex and floral nose shows Christmas lilies, violets and honeysuckle. There are the hallmark, darker Dry River characters of fruit of the forest, plum and berry compote, mixed with a gentle touch of oak. Upon first approach the wine is soft and broad, with ripe, almost sweet fruit characters on the front of the palate. The intricate and round tannins have a mature presence with seamless integrated oak, something we would normally only see after two to three years. Towards the mid palate the wine is gaining power with a dynamic force, presumably a combination of the fruit and tannin density, governed through a radiant acidity. The structured finish is long and abundant in fruit, lingering to ponder the interest in the typicity of the vintage.
Please note this wine has been un-fined and unfiltered in order to safeguard aromatics and structure. Therefore a deposit might form in the bottom of the bottle.
Though approachable as a young wine, the 2017 will benefit from three to five years additional evolution for optimum drinking pleasure.
Four subsequent years of dry conditions had severely impacted the Tempranillo. With hard pruning necessary during winter, the yields were always going to be low for this wine, and only 400 bottles have been produced. This is also the last year we will release this wine as a single variety wine; it is now part of our new blend The Twelve Spies.
The colour is of a purple core with a red garnet fringe. Only one older, large barrel was required for the small amount produced; this preserved the fruit characters as anticipated. Dark fruit tones of ripe brambleberries, blackcurrants, and lighter raspberries provide a freshness. On the other side, there is nougat, mulled wine spices and stewed red fruit compote that show the darker side of the wine. Further complexity comes unexpectedly from thyme and oyster shells.
Intense, dark, dense fruit with deep flavours make for a full-bodied wine which is summoned down to a more shy level by the acidity. Initially, the tannins are gentle in nature, especially on the front of the palate. However, they are not to be underestimated, for they built outwards from the core and strengthen in their presence towards the side of the mouth. Courteously, they reside towards the en d,leaving a smooth and seamless finish at the back. In line with the Tempranillo wines in our cellar, we see a gradual evolution over three to six years to reach full drinking potential.
This wine is grown on the Cleland Vineyard Cambridge Road, Martinborough from 24 year old vines. A combination of deep alluvial gravels which the Martinborough Terraces are renowned for and a blend of Clones UCD 5, 6 and 13 always reward with savoury, complex, spicy wine.
It was open topped fermented in traditional wooden cuvees, hand plunged every 12 hours. After pressing it was matured in 40% new French oak barriques for 18 months. It was bottled without fining or filtration promoting soft mouth feel and texture. This is an outstanding example of classic Pinot Noir and will continue to develop for up to 10 years and will always be a wonderful counterpart to any game food.
This wine was grown on the McCreanor Vineyard in Princess Street, Martinborough from 25 year old vines. A combination of slightly heavier soils and a blend of clones, 10/5, Abel and Clone 5 always rewards us with this particular style; soft, ripe, pure fruit expressions in an exceedingly New World Pinot Noir.
It was open topped fermented using indigenous yeasts in traditional wooden cuvees, hand plunged every 12 hours. After pressing it was matured in 30% new French oak barriques for 12 months. It was fined using a minimum of egg whites to protect the flavours and aid brightness in the glass without filtering, promoting soft mouth feel and texture.
It will continue to develop for up to 10 years and will always be a wonderful counterpart to any game food.
Perfume, elegant fruit flavours, and soft ripe tannins are all hallmarks of this exceptional Pinot Noir.
Perfect weather in Martinborough during flowering in December 2015 resulted in an ideal crop which did not require thinning.
An exceptional, warm dry summer followed creating the distinctive Escarpment style showing complexity, attractive texture and the perfect mix of black, red and green fruit flavours for which Pinot Noir is celebrated. The fruit was hand harvested, fermented using indigenous yeasts then gently handled without pumping until it was pressed. Hand plunged every 12 hours then left to macerate on skins for an average vat time of 15 days. It has been aged completely in French oak barriques, of which 25% were new, for 11 months.
This wine was grown on the Barton Vineyard, Huangarua Road, Martinborough from vines over 22 years old.
A combination of deep alluvial gravels which the Martinborough Terraces are renowned for and a blend of many clones grown in a very sheltered spot always rewards us with a classic example of New World Pinot Noir.
It was open topped fermented in traditional wooded cuvees, hand plunged every 12 hours. After pressing it was matured in 40% new French oak barriques for 18 months. It was bottled without fining or filtration, promoting soft mouth feel and texture. It has a unique site derived complexity combined with black cherry/ plum fruit flavours.
It will continue to develop for up to 10 years and will always be a wonderful counterpart to any game food.
100% Martinborough Pinot Noir, grown on the alluvial gravel terraces for which the district has become famous. The season was exceptionally warm allowing high quality, fully ripe fruit to be harvested early with brilliant ripe cherry/plum flavours.
A full bodied style with great backbone and a long lingering finish. An immediately accessible wine, which will improve over the next 2 years. Enjoy with full flavoured fish dishes, any red meats or vegetarian plates.
Clove, liquorice and red cherry play on the nose before opening to a generous berry-fruit mouthful with floral highlights. Full fruit flavours are balanced with spicy, charred oak characteristics that enhance and lengthen the palate. Drink now or cellar for up to five years.
An intense hit of black cherry and Doris plum, with alluring floral and earthy nuances. There is a lovely dark spice component on the nose, liquorice and star anise combining beautifully with the plush juiciness of cherry and plum on the palate. A rich and rounded generous palate, sweet ripe tannins and balanced, elegant length with a silky textural weight of integrated fine tannins. Drink now, or cellar for up to 10 years.
Scotlands most famous connection with Europe was the Auld Alliance with France. First agreed in 1295/6 it was built on Scotland and France's shared need to curtail English expansion. Not simply a military alliance was based on a long established friendship founded on the Scot's love of French wine.The Gladstone Reserve 2011 'Auld Alliance' is a blend from their finest barrels of wine and can be drunk now or cellared for 5 to 7 years from vintage.
The three clones of Pinot Noir grapes grown at grava are the Dijon clones 115 and 777 and Abel (the “gumboot” clone). The Pinot Noir wines made are clone blends - offering optimum aroma and flavour characteristics, making grava Pinots excellent examples from a region famous for this variety.
The 2015 grava Pinot Noir shows complex savoury and fruit aromas, followed by a well-structured palate with a long, elegant finish. This wine has not been fined or filtered.
A lighter style which displays sensual earthy and fragrant aromas, smooth as silk on the palate, with the benefit of bottle age to enhance earthy, savoury characters.
Hare’s Run Pinot Noir 2016
"We have seven Pinot Noir clones in our vineyard, equal amounts of each (113, 114, 115, 10/5, 777, 667, 5). Seven tonnes of grapes were harvested in 2016 at approximately 23 brix. In the winery, about 20% of the grapes were whole bunched pressed by hand in a basket press, and the rest were then de-stemmed and pressed. The wine was barrel fermented with 15% new French oak for 10 months, before filtering and bottling. Hare’s Run Pinot Noir has vibrant berry flavours, rich spice with the subtle, yet distinct, minerality that comes from the ancient riverbed on which these vines grow in Dakins Road". ~ Hare's Run
Bright ripe blackberry fruit aromas with layers of savoury herbs and cherries, supple tannins, integrated oak, rich and rewarding.
Pinot Noir was left on the vines well after harvest to gain ripeness and some botrytis to produce this fascinating wine. A short period of skin contact has resulted in the tawny rose colour and provides a subtle back bone of tannin. Aromas of grapefruit marmalade with caramelised fruit lead into a rich honeyed palate with red currant and intriguing flavours of a Tokay or Madeira wine. Richly fruited but with crisp acidity this wine is well suited to drinking with blue cheese or a spiced fruit cake.
Johner's top Pinot Noir vinted from their oldest vines and hand selected bunches. Fermented and aged in 100% new oak barriques we believe the fruit in this wine has all the power to sustain the oak. This is totally seductive on the nose displaying dark cherry, game, clove, truffle and cedar characters, which lead to a concentrated and powerfully expressed palate that is both intense and elegant at the same time. The wine is multi-layered and silky, and offers waves of attractive flavours, backed by plenty of polished tannins.
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