Clean, clear and bright. Maroon color with ruby reflections, presenting a medium - high layer intensity. Very nice to see.
First contact in the glass where you are greeted by the sweet and seductive aromas of red fruits, thus expressing the cherries and currants. The minutes in the glass, the floral touches appear where they melt for the imposing truffle aroma. Good evolution and complexity.
Pass through the mouth with a fruit palate and very firm. It offers textured tannins that transform with an elegant power and very good balance. With a long, wide and persistent finish.
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The founder of Ata Rangi is an ecologist dedicated to conserving the native flora of New Zealand. This is how he came across the Crimson Project, which tries to conserve two native trees that bear red flowers: the "mountain-loving rat" and the "pohutukawa", also known as the "Christmas tree" by the locals. Its label pays tribute to New Zealand trees and forests.
Behind Ata Rangi, which means "the sky at dawn", is one of the pioneer families in developing viticulture in the Martinborough area. In 1980 they planted the vines encouraged by a study that pointed out the broad similarities of the Martinborough microclimate with the renowned Burgundy. The principles were hard but today, after more than 30 years of work, they have managed to position themselves as one of the most respected Pinot Noir wineries in the New World and their wines are present in 25 countries. They have also become a benchmark in wine tourism in New Zealand.
Ata Rangi is located in an open valley facing south, where the freezing winds of Antarctica enter, forcing the vines to lower production and to sprout few clusters, with many, but tiny grapes. The surface of the grape in exposure to the sun and winds is greater. Already in the cellar, this characteristic translates into a greater contribution of skin to the musts and thus, that varieties such as Pinot Noir express their qualities in a better way. Concentrated, tasty wines are obtained that speak volumes about the area from which they come.
One of their concerns is to conserve the soils on which their vines settle, and for this reason they are directing their steps towards organic agriculture. They use as compost the compost made with the organic remains of the winery and have a program to maintain the population of native insects and birds, allowing wild plants to grow among the vines. Its management has earned them to be one of the few wineries in the world certified with the ISO 14001 standard.