Ata Rangi Pinot Noir 2019

  • The most revered Pinot Noir in New Zealand
  • It's crisp and medium-bodied, with silky tannins and a long, refreshing finish.
  • Made by 2019 New Zealand Winemaker of the Year, Helen Masters
  • 1 or more bottles
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  • Nick Stock
    98 points

Editors notes

The highly sought-after Ata Rangi Pinot Noir is undoubtedly one of the great new world Pinot Noirs, often considered a rival to top Burgundy with only limited stock available every vintage. To prove this, winemaker Helen Masters was recently awarded one of the top honours in the wine industry- New Zealand Winemaker of the Year 2019 by Gourmet Traveller Wine.

A full fragrant nose of sun-baked raspberry, red rose, anise and dark cherry meld with delicate savoury notes of dried porcini and fresh herbs. The palate is a balance of power and freshness, with flavours of fresh red cherry carrying through to the finish. Complex yet ethereal, this vintage encapsulates our vision of Martinborough Pinot Noir. (Winemaker's note)


Tasting Profile

  • Light (Light)
    Full (Full)
  • Low Tannin (Low Tannin)
    Tannic (Tannic)
  • Sweet (Sweet)
    Dry (Dry)
  • Low Acidity (Low Acidity)
    High Acidity (High Acidity)
  • Aroma
    • Earthy
    • Herbal
    • Red Fruits
  • Palate
    • Cedar
    • Red Cherry
    • Strawberry

Food Pairings

  • Fish
  • Game
  • Poultry

Critic Scores & reviews

  • Nick Stock

    "A complex wine from the outset with gently reductive notes and modern oak spice threading into fresh cherry, spiced bread, rose, forest wood and blood orange, as well as darker cherry notes. The palate tells the full story. This displays real power and definition with clear-cut and powerful tannins. The intensity of the red-cherry fruit is impressive and the way it occupies the finish with length and uplift is the thing that defines great pinot noir per se. Strong vintage. Drink over the next decade"

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New Zealand

The New Zealand wine industry is one of the younger wine regions in the world, whose popularity grew immensely when Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc hit the world wine scene, quite unique in style when compared to the typical French Sancerre.

Wine is successfully cultivated on both the North and South islands from a latitude of 36 degrees in the North to 45 degrees for the most southerly wine region in the world, the South Island's Central Otago. The majority of regions are located in free-draining alluvial valleys except for Waiheke Island and Kawarau Gorge in Central Otago and benefit from the moderating effect of the maritime climate as no vineyard is more than 80 miles from the ocean. With plentiful sunshine hours and cool evening sea breezes, the grapes thrive.

Sauvignon Blanc is the major white variety people will think of when you mention New Zealand Whites, however fantastic Chardonnay, Riesling, Pinot Gris, Gewurztraminer and less commonly Viognier, Chenin Blanc and Pinot Blanc. Pinot Noir is the most widely planted red variety in New Zealand although Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot (Bordeaux Blends), Syrah are also grown and in even smaller amounts, Tempranillo and Montepulcianos can too be found. Sparkling wines of very high standards are also made in New Zealand.

The key wine regions in New Zealand include Auckland, Canterbury, Central Otago, Gisborne, Hawke's Bay, Marlborough and Nelson.


The wine region of Martinborough is located in South Wairarapa on the southern end of the north island, and in only 30 years or so has gone from a sleepy colonial town to a world-class wine village.

The region has picked up numerous international awards since the 1990’s with Pinot Noir picking up the lion’s share of the medals. Pinot Noir is undoubtedly the flagship wine of the region, with some incredible wines being produced.

The mineral-laden soils, combined with the cool climate provide the perfect backdrop for Pinot Noir, much as it has for centuries in Burgundy, France. Indeed the Pinot Noirs produced are very Burgundian in style, a compliment not adorned to many other wine regions worldwide.

The micro-climate of Martinborough is rather warm, with hills both to the east and west. Most all of the vineyards are located in thin strips around the northern and eastern sides of the town or on the Dry River to the south of Martinborough. All the vineyards follow dry riverbeds, which have the desired soil structure for viticulture.

Although Pinot Noir is the king of the reds, Shiraz is also cultivated and in the whites, Riesling, Gewurtztraminer and Pinot Gris are grown.

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About the brand Ata Rangi

Meaning "dawn sky" or "new beginning" the name Ata Rangi is now synonymous with Pinot Noir of the highest quality. Located in the Martinborough region, at the Southern tip of the New Zealand's North Island, the winery was one of the first in the region with vines dating back to 1980.

Back in 2010 Ata Rangi was honoured by being named in the inaugural Tipuranga Teitei o Aotearoa (Grand Cru of New Zealand award) and regularly produces what is considered the pinnacle in New Zealand Pinot Noir in the flagship Ata Rangi Pinot Noir. This accolade along with 3 of the highly coveted Bouchard-Finlayson Trophies for Best Pinot Noir at the prestigious London International Wine and Spirit Competition ensures that any wine produced is quickly snapped up by eager restaurateurs, merchants and at cellar door.

Although the flagship Pinot garners much of the attention, Ata Rangi also produces an top quality second label Pinot Noir in the Crimson and also make fine Chardonnay and Riesling. With a relatively small production all the wines are made with the utmost care to retain a fine balance with elegant structure and supple textures that deliver very satisfying, more savoury, mouth-filling experiences than wines from most other producers.

They remain one of only five 5-star rated Pinot Noir producers in The Seventh Great New Zealand
Pinot Noir Classification, which is probably the most sophisticated classification of New Zealand Pinot Noir.

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