Tuesday, May 09, 2006

Crimson Pinot Noir 2004 by Ata Rangi


The 2004 vintage saw Ata Rangi release its first "young vines" pinot noir named Crimson. The wine is in support of Project Crimson, whose mission is to enable pohutukawa and rata to flourish again in their natural habitat as icons in the hearts and minds of all New Zealanders. Pohutukawa and rata are known as New Zealand's native Christmas trees because of the bright red blooms which decorate each tree. The wine label is a beautifully rendered painting of the pohutukawa bloom by artist Philippa Bentley.

T-notes > Starts off with aromas of Strawberry Fruitella. There is a ripe, red fruit profile with cola, figs, cranberry and a slight leafiness. Overall tannins are fine and smooth. Not the most complex of pinots, but there is typicity, which makes for a very decent glass of pinot noir. Reminds me of Calera from California.

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