Friday, March 20, 2009

Ata Rangi Crimson Pinot Noir

Wow! What a quality second label this is. I am drinking the 2006 Ata Rangi Crimson. Clearly the vines are much younger than in the Pinot proper, but the skills of the wine making team come through. Pinot Noir is not a wine which is just made in the vineyard. Just look at what Geraldine McFaul did at Stoniers in the last five years. But I digress.

This wine has vibrant red cherry flavours with a bit of earthyness thrown in. While the body is only light to medium, the wine has great structure, and as a result good length and a silky finish.

 The marketing guys at Ata Rangi seem to know what they got here, as the current vintage appears to be 30% more expensive than this delicious wine. 

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