`Lismore` Martinborough Pinot Gris

Martinborough

Ata Rangi

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.

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Vineyards

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.

Vintage Information

Bud-burst occurred a full three weeks earlier in the 2013/2014 growing season than average. With the warm and damp December, canopy growth was strong. Martinborough saw a much cooler back-end to the summer - with very few days over 26ºC and cool nights through both January and even February. The resulting slow-down and fruit ripeness get back into step with tannin development. In early March, the whole country was preoccupied with Cyclone Lusi. The growing season had slowed, returning to about three weeks early overall, as it had started out. As a result, 2014 was the first ever vintage where all the Pinot Noir and Chardonnay was in before April Fool's Day. Pinot Gris was picked between the 20th March and 5th April.

Vinification

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 500 litre oak puncheons to give extra weight and complexity to the final blend. In both cases, the wine was left on lees for several months. No malolactic fermentation was allowed to take place. It was bottled in August 2014.

Tasting Notes

Another lovely vintage following 2013, this offering shows that classic 'gris' pear and almond tart character, along with ripe nectarine, a hint of kaffir lime leaf and a touch of pithy grapefruit. The palate is rich and powerful, with a minerally texture and a long, intense finish.

Vintage Information

Vintage 2014
Grape varieties 100% Pinot Grigio/Pinot Gris
Region Martinborough
Winemaker Helen Masters
Alcohol (ABV) 13.5%
Acidity 5g/l
Residual Sugar 6g/l
Wine pH 3.48