Ata Rangi, meaning ‘dawn sky, new beginning’ is owned and managed by a family trio – Clive Paton, his wife Phyll and his sister Alison. In 1980 Clive planted the bare, stony, home paddock at the edge of Martinborough, becoming one of a handful of people who pioneered grape growing in the area.
Widely regarded as New Zealand's top Pinot Noir producer, their Crimson is produced from vines aged between 5 and 25 years and is inspired by a love of New Zealand’s native ‘Christmas trees,’ the red blooming Rata and Pohutukawa. Sales of this wine support Project Crimson, a charitable conservation trust which plants and protects these trees across the country.
On the nose: The nose is complex with aromas of cranberry, raspberry and carraway alongside an earthy spice element.
On the palate: The palate is finely structured with bramble fruit flavours, fine tannins and a savoury finish.
Food pairing: NZ Spring Lamb, Ratatouille
Producer: Ata Rangi
Grape: Pinot Noir
Country: New Zealand