2013 Ata Rangi Crimson Pinot Noir
This special wine is named after Project Crimson, a trust to conserve and regenerate the magnificent forests of a kiwi icon – the Pohutukawa. Every time you drink a Crimson, Ata Rangi will give a donation to help the lost Pohutukawa forests of the Southern North Island.
There is plenty of suppleness in this wine, with complex, earthy nuances and savoury character. Flavours of light cherries, berries and spices on the nose and palate give way to hints of chocolate and smoky oak. This is an elegant and classy Pinot Noir with good acidity, depth and length that feels like it will continue to be expressive in the coming few years although it is imminently drinkable now.
Verdict: An enjoyable wine with savory, earthy tones that balances the concentrated fruit characters beautifully. Lovely complexity and a good length. Will go wonderfully with meat and some cheeses.