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.
Raumati, the Mãori name for summer, captures the true spirit of the handcrafted Pinot Noir Rosé from the Alexander Vineyard on the Martinborough Terrace. An inviting bouquet of raspberry, recurrent and summer fruits fills the glass leading to a refreshing, crisp classic Rosé finish.Perfect served as an aperitif or just to enjoy on that long, warm summers day.
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
"Bouquet of delicate florals, passionfruit, gooseberry and green bean. The intensity of aromatics could have you mistaking this for a racy Marlborough Sav. Green bean, passionfruit lemon and a hint of stone-fruit are evident on the palate. The palate is medium bodied, with rounded mouth-feel and medium length. Juicy acidity blends in nicely with other components." - Michael Cooper 4 Stars
2014 - "This is elegant and seductive, yet there is a powerful engine driving the concentrated fruit and layers of complex flavours. The bouquet is inviting, engaging and intriguing with aromas of white stone fruit, rockmelon, nougat and brioche, with hints of vanilla and cedar. Wonderful weight and harmony. Stunning composure and finish. At its best: 2016 to 2024." - Sam Kim - Wine Orbit - 5 Stars
VINTAGE 2015 - A great and largely typical season – a gentle spring, with a warm January and a welcome coolness at the back end through February and March. Some large winds in January put pressure on the canopies, the positive being that berry size was kept smaller, intensifying the fruit. Crimson is our selection of fruit from younger parcels of vines from our various vineyards on the Martinborough Terrace. Vine age ranges from 5-20 years. In their youth, vines tend to be more fruit expressive, gaining more complexity with age (as do we all!). The winemaking philosophy is the same as for our signature Pinot Noir; no enzymes or yeasts are added, providing a hands-off, traditional approach to expressing the site. What we find in the 2015 year is a length and drive that belies the age of the vines. More savoury in spectrum than previous vintages, the nose exudes spice, red licorice and a medley of bramble fruit. All carry through onto the palate, with the older vine portion providing real weight and a fine line and length
"This is a real gem. Pristine fruit is the hero but the wine is stylishly enhanced by subtle infusion of oak. Aromas of stone fruit, lemon peel, rockmelon, and hints of vanilla and cashew lead to a concentrated palate that is richly textured and elegantly fruited, brilliantly framed by bright acidity. The finish is superbly long and creamy. Already a charmer with a potential to develop greater complexity. At its best: now to 2020." - Sam Kim - Wine Orbit - 5 Stars
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. Exotic spice, dark cherry and rose petal are offset by a more savoury array of aromas and flavours on the finish. This is a very complete and graceful wine; succulent and generous on the palate yet supple, sinewy, long and fine. Another excellent vintage to follow 2013, the season was characterised by an unusually warm, settled spring. This trend continued through flowering and on into January. February and March were thankfully cooler than usual, stretching out the season and preserving aromatics as the evenly-formed bunches steadily ripened. Interestingly, accumulated Growing Degree Days of 1170 (a measure of heat across the growing season) leading into this harvest were, in the end, almost identical to those for the fabled 2013.
Stonefruit and citrus characters dominate in this release, with lovely tropical nuances of guava and papaya also vying for attention. A hint of fennel bulb and a twist of mint join the party, while the flinty minerality steers the fine, dry finish to a long and satisfying conclusion. Hand-picked, hand-sorted fruit and time on lees are all integral to achieving this more textural and restrained style of Sauvignon Blanc.
Refreshingly vibrant and juicy, the 2016 Sauvignon shows enticing aromas of citrus blossom and lemon grass with hints of jasmine and crisp, freshly-sliced fennel bulb. This latest offering is supple and bright and, at 12.5% alcohol, is wonderfully light on its feet. Around 5% of the fruit was fermented in contact with its skins and held for two months, drawing out the more complex flavours that reside in the skins. The grape skins also contain phenolics which, combined with the natural acidity, give the fresh back bone to this wine. Adding further interest, 30% of the juice was fermented in neutral oak barrels. Our naturally low yields, older vines, small canopies and judicious, labour-intensive hand picking of the entire crop are also factors in producing this uniquely Martinborough style of Sauvignon Blanc.
This 2013 '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
Reflecting the renaissance of Chardonnay, this concentrated wine has it all - citrus fruits, mineral notes, nutty with crisp acidity, a creamy consistency and a rich texture. Small production of 100 cases.
Drink now or cellar to 2011.
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