Ata Rangi Martinborough Sauvignon Blanc
Ata Rangi Martinborough Sauvignon Blanc has stone fruit and citrus characters dominate, 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.
Ata Rangi Martinborough Sauvignon Blanc is definitely a more elegant style of New Zealand Sauvignon.
Ata Rangi is owned and run by Clive Paton and his wife Phyll, together with Clive’s sister Alison and winemaker Helen Masters.
Clive planted the bare, stony home paddock at the edge of Martinborough in 1980 and, in doing so, was one of a handful of people who pioneered grape growing in the area.
Ata Rangi’s first vineyard covered less than five hectares of thin, well-drained alluvial soil.
They are now according to UK winewriter Tim Atkin, ’widely regarded as New Zealand’s top Pinot Noir producer’.
Ata Rangi was recently given the title of “Tipuranga Teitei o Aotearoa” which translates from Maori as “Great Growth of New Zealand” or “Grand Cru” at the International Pinot Noir 2010 Conference.
In presenting this inaugural award, Alastair Maling, MW and Chairman of Pinot Noir 2010, said: “The Tipuranga Teitei o Aotearoa award recognises those who have taken time and shown skill and commitment in evolving and developing New Zealand Pinot Noir.
Ata Rangi, meaning “dawn sky” or “new beginning” is a small New Zealand winery with a big reputation for serious Pinot Noir. Located at the southern end of the North Island, it is owned and managed by a family trio – Clive Paton, his wife Phyll and his sister Alison.
Clive planted his first vines on a small, stony sheep paddock at the edge of the Martinborough village in 1980 as one of a handful of people who pioneered winegrowing in the area.
Ata Rangi Pinot Noir is undoubtedly the flagship wine, and in 2010 was honoured with the inaugural Tipuranga Teitei o Aotearoa or “Grand Cru of New Zealand”. With a skilled team in place, including dynamic winemaker Helen Masters, Clive now has more time to focus on his commitment to conservation and to the Ata Rangi alliance with Project Crimson.
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