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"The lovely Helen Masters, winemaker at Ata Rangi popped over to my place today, and we tasted through 2008, 2013, 2014, 2015 and 2016 Ata Rangi and McCrone Vineyard Pinot Noir. Compare and contrast, and a fascinating tasting it was. I tasted this 2016 in NZ back in September 2017, pre-release, and compared my note with the one today. Same score. Similar notes. I like it when that happens. I’ve published both notes, just for the record.
Sep17 – Spicy and perfumed with dried roses, flickers of liquorice root, sage and thyme, cherry and raspberry. Light to medium bodied, orange peel and spices, fresh with gummy and grainy tannin, freshness and vigour, and very good length. It’s charsimatic, and likely to be very age-worthy. Like this a lot. 95 points.
Jun18 – Almost a roast red capsicum smell, and cinnamon spice, red fruits, dried rose petal, lead pencil oak, assorted dried herbs. Medium-bodied, finely etched, clarity and tension, a more minerally expression of Ata Rangi here, with kitten’s tongue tannin, brightly lit acidity, and long sappy orange peel finish. 95 points" GARY WALSH, www.winefront.com.au
"Elegant, supple and very vibrant pinot noir, with seductively-layered floral, red rose, cherry, red fruits, dried herb and mixed spice flavours. Very long and linear wine that demonstrated real power delivered with great subtlety. A wonderfully pure pinot noir with a distinctive house/vineyard style and a proven ability to age graciously." 98pts BOB CAMPBELL MW
"Sweet and succulently vibrant flavours of black cherries and black berried fruits melded with savoury dark herbs. This is a superbly concentrated Pinot Noir possessing flavours of Abel clone influenced black fruits, savoury dark herbs and complex whole bunch notes on a refined and well-structured palate with immense vitality." 19.5/20pts RAYMOND CHAN
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