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
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
"2016 marks 36 years on the land at Ata Rangi, our younger vines now aged from 5-20 years. In their youth, vines tend to be more fruit expressive, gaining more complexity with time. The 2016 very much shows a turning point from vibrant youth to tension and complexity that more mature vines bring. Aromatically this wine offers layers of flavours: violets, dark cherry and plum, notes of bitter chocolate and tobacco with a faint whiff of rabbit guts. There is a fresh vibrancy on the palate of acid and smooth tannins pulling the wine through to a long, salivating finish. 2016 started well with a gentle spring that encouraged even flowering and fruit set across the vineyards. Early summer was calm, without the winds that plagued 2015 and the vines were in great shape to deal with a hotter than average February. March saw a return to cooler conditions, a perfect finish to the season. 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".
"Only the oldest 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 of star anise and sandalwood layer with dark cherry and rose petal on the nose. As is a hallmark of our Pinot, a savoury herbal note reminiscent of oregano offsets more overt fruit characters. The palate is bright, fluid and focused. Fine tannins build through the mid palate carrying the wine to a long elegant finish. Autumn of the 2015 season was stunning, with March bringing cool nights and fine bright days; a welcome respite from the winds of late January which had tested the mettle of the vineyard team applying the large overhead bird nets. The seeds of the Pinot were brown and nutty in mid-February, signaling that physiological ripeness was well ahead of sugar accumulation, a winemaker’s enduring aspiration. The result is a fitting Pinot Noir to mark our 35th year on the land here in Martinborough".
Raranga means woven in Maori, reflecting the winemaking techniques. The first release of an alternative Sauvignon Blanc style. Very pale straw with slight green hues. The nose is very fine and taut, showing cooler-spectrum gooseberry fruit, green stonefruits, nettle herbs and nutty elements, quite slender. Dry to taste, the palate is tightly bound with intense and aromatic flavours of green stonefruits, nectarines with gooseberries, along with nettle elements and spices, revealing mineral hints. The texture is very fine, and the palate is crisp with brisk acidity. Good line, finishing with lightness. The cooler vintage shows, but the inputs positive and subtle, and in balance. Hand-picked fruit, 10% fermented on skins for 8 weeks, 4% whole bunch fermented, 40% in barrel by indigenous yeasts with high solids to 12.5% alc., a portion undergoing MLF.~ Raymond Chan
A dry, tightly structured and crisp pink wine that has plenty of watermelon and fresh pink berry fruit flavors. Drink now. November 2017. ~ James Suckling
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
This wine, purple to ruby in colour, has a bouquet with the sweet aromas of red berries, with a hint of violets and vanilla followed by secondary earthy notes. The palate of black cherry and red berryfruit characters with a hint of cinnamon and a chocolately finish supported by firm tannins. Ideally matched with gamey meats, it also suits lighter dishes such as salmon and lamb.
It can be enjoyed now or cellared for up to 5 years.
2011, 2013 & 2014 vintages available.
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.
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.
Made from a composition of Pinot Noir, Cabernet, Riesling, Pinot Gris & Sauvignon Blanc to produce freshly macerated strawberry aromas complemented by a honeycomb crunch and struck flint character. A fresh citrus palate builds in weight with a touch of cream drawn from malo-lactic characters and the addition of mature wine components. A nice lingering spice completes this fine summer wine.
Hand-harvested at optimum ripeness, fermented in stainless steel tank (70%) and in used French oak barrels (30%), lees ageing for 7 months. Dry white wine, food-friendly.
This wine has elements of citrus, steely minerality, Granny Smith apples. The acidity is fine and fresh, with solid fruit on the palate and a firm, dry, grippy finish.
The fruit for this vintage was again hand harvested at perfect ripeness and processed in the finest French barriques following their traditional vinification processes. Coloured straw-yellow, this wine has a pleasant nose of spicy, nutty oak, overlaid with peaches and nectarines. This combination is carried through to the palate, producing the classic taste of ripe stone fruit with a hint of oak. Complexity was added through a secondary malolactic fermentation giving a lush, buttery finish to the wine. This wine remains true to the traditional characteristics of Chardonnay produced in the Gladstone, Wairarapa district.
On the palate, medium-bodied with light crisp flavours of pear and a touch of citrus. This beautiful pale gold wine exudes a lovely aroma of fresh fruit with a garnish of spice. Will naturally accompany dishes Vietnamese style, perhaps blue cod, or even duck.
This wine is drinking well now and will hold up well for another three to five years.
Welll structured, elegant, with good length on the palate. A slow cool ferment has highlighted characteristics of citrus/lime and pear together with mineral and flint notes.
"Even, moderately deep ruby-red colour with slight garnet hues, a little lighter on the edge. The nose is soft and a little restrained in expression with tightly bound aromas of savoury dark-red berry fruit harmoniously melded and balanced with subtle notes of dark and dried herbs, unfolding a little whole bunch stalk notes, with red floral and fresh herbs, unveiling a little nutty oak. Medium-full bodied, the palate is softly full with mouthfilling flavours of savoury dark-red berry fruit entwined with savoury dark and dried herbs, along with some whole bunch stalk elements, with some earth and game. The flavours are broad and are open and accessible, unfolding layers of detail. Light, fine-grained tannins support the fruit with balanced acidity, and the wine carries easily to an elegant, lingering finish. This is a sweetly rich and mouthfilling Pinot Noir with accessible flavours of savoury dark-red berry fruit, dried herbs and game on a fine-grained, balanced palate" ~ 5 stars Raymond Chan
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"The Dry River Chardonnay is based on the Mendoza clone and is produced in a way that offers concentration, purity of flavour and added complexity of oak. Vines are planted on the ‘Dry River Estate’ and ‘Craighall’ vineyards. We tend to not favour malo-lactic fermentation aiming to preserve acidity as a stylistic choice and to help with aging. Our Chardonnay tends to be tightly wound as a young wine but unfurls in the bottle over time. Our Chardonnay is not a ‘statement’ type of wine, many Chardonnay wines are, rather we rely on exceptional fruit as the prominent feature of our wine".
A darker straw appearance. It is on the nose where the vintage shows its true colours. With coconut flesh, caramelized orange rind, scented vanilla and Amaretto, the wine delivers an unusual introduction where fruit opulence is in minor. These seductive characters persist with Grand Marnier, crepes Suzette and flambéed orange juice. This certainly is a wine with many discussion points.
Again a drier palate in terms of residual sugar at 20 g/L with a moderate alcohol level of 13.5%, this makes for a complex and textural Gewurztraminer. The varietal expression shyly comes through on the palate with concentrated and condensed tannins. Ginger, Amaretto and caramelized cane sugar are the predominant characteristics. More intricate are the higher aromatics like lychee and zest of orange & mandarin. Fenugreek and cardamom spice make for a firm and complex finish, with the acidity ever so minimal in order to retain the focus on the aromatic profile. Looking back in our cellar, Gewurztraminer is not to be underestimated in its capacity to evolve for three to seven years, possibly longer in a good cellar.
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