Owned and managed by Clive Paton, his wife Phyll and Clive's sister Alison. Clive planted the original barren, stoney 12-acre home paddock at the edge of Martinborough village in 1980 and, in doing so, was one of a handful of people who pioneered grape growing in the area.
Ata Rangi Pinot Noir is now considered a leading New World example of this challenging variety.
Crimson is Ata Rangi's selection of fruit from younger parcels of vines from Ata Rangi's various vineyards on the Martinborough Terrace.
In their youth, vines tend to be more fruit expressive, gaining more complexity with time.
Now, Crimson is developing more depth of flavour, with a mix of vines aged from 5 to 20 years.
Hand-picked fruit. 100% de-stemmed with as much whole berry as possible intact.
2 to 6 days pre-fermentation maceration.
Indigenous yeast ferments, hand plunged throughout. 2-3 weeks total tank time.
Complete malo-lactic fermentation in barrel.
Nine months in French oak (20% new)
Pinot Noir Clones: Abel, Dijon clones, Clone 5, 10/5
Bottling Date: February 2018
Cellaring: 5 to 10 years
TA: 5.4 g/l