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 five hectare 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. Renowned for their Pinot Noir, which is consistently ranked as one of New Zealand's best, Ata Rangi also produces a range of white wines including Chardonnay and Sauvignon Blanc.
The Pinot Gris grapes come from the Lismore Vineyard at the edge of the Martinborough Terrace and achieve their optimum flavour profile towards the end of the growing season. As a result the team harvests this varietal fairly late to obtain a wine closer to the richer style of Pinot Gris produced in Alsace, rather than the leaner, bone-dry style of Pinot Grigio common in much of northern Italy. Harvest took place from the 6th to the 23rd April.
High rainfall and elevated soil moisture levels provided the best possible start to the season. Late spring and early summer were warm and settled, just in time for flowering and fruit set. Warm, dry conditions continued into late December and early January. As the vines approached veraison in mid to late February and into early March, the dry conditions persisted. The vines responded by diverting their energy into the fruit rather than additional shoot growth. Unfortunately between 50 and 100 mm of rainfall occurred in the middle of March which seemed to indicate a wet vintage was around the corner. Dry conditions however prevailed into late March and harvest commenced one week earlier than normal, starting on the 3rd of April.
Fruit was hand-picked and whole bunch pressed in a Willmes membrane press. The resulting juice was then cold settled, inoculated and fermented in temperature controlled stainless steel tanks at temperatures of 14-18°C. 20% of the wine was fermented in three year old barrels to give extra weight and complexity to the final blend. No malolactic fermentation was allowed to take place. It was bottled in August 2013.
This year's Pinot Gris has expressive fruit characters of pear, white nectarine and just a touch of fresh lemon. A more savoury underlay of aromas include nutty, creamy, pistachio-nougat and a hint of fennel seed. Fine and silky-textured with lovely ripe pear-juice, pear-drop character and a long, lingering finish make this a very moreish offering.
|Grape varieties||100% Pinot Grigio/Pinot Gris|
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