Ata Rangi’s McCrone Vineyard was planted in 2001 using a mix of clones that has become part of the Ata Rangi fabric: Abel or ‘Gumboot” clone, Dijon selections (115 and 777) and Clone 5. Although just around the corner from our home block, the soils are remarkably different.
Whilst the Martinborough Terrace is predominantly alluvial gravels, there is a compact seam of clay which threads its way across a section of the terrace, fanning out over the gravels and creating a cooling effect on the roots in the soil. The McCrone site catches this seam and delivers a distinctively different aroma and flavour profile than that of the Ata Rangi Pinot Noir, even with vine age taken into account.
A very aromatic vintage, the 2019 has wonderful mix of violets, red cherry and more spicy elements of fennel seed & rosemary. the palate is bright and energetic with red fruits filling out the mid palate, the fish is long and uplifting. the is an elegant and finely structured McCrone Pinot Noir, characteristic of the 2019 vintage.