The most exciting wines of 2017, Decanter, January 2018
Red cherry perfume and intense peppery notes show this is a generous, elegant style of Syrah. There is a whisper of menthol and bright acidity underpinning a concentrated palate and a firm tannic structure. Great balance and persistence.
Bob Campbell MW, Best Buy Wines: Wine to Cellar, Gourmet Traveller Wine, Dec 2017/Jan 2018
Ata Rangi has a well-deserved reputation for being on the of two top pinot noir producers in NZ. Its wines really need to be judged after five or six years with the benefit of bottle-age and not upon first release two years after vintage. However, this example is surprisingly accessible although that won’t compromise its ability to age. Dark-fleshed plum, violet, cherry, spice and very subtle fresh herbs are among the more obvious flavours in this supremely complex wine. Outstanding.
Stephen Tanzer, vinous.com, 30 November 2017
Bright light yellow. A sexy touch of reduction to the aromas of ripe peach, marzipan and flinty minerality. A bomb of sweet yellow fruits on the palate, with complicating notes of nuts and marzipan. This very rich, ripe, plush wine shows terrific depth and is very long.
Anthony Rose, worldoffinewine.com, 27 November 2017
Comprising 20 percent each of the five villages, the current release offers a super-toasty nose, combining a citrusy freshness with exotic mango and honeyed richness, a hint of white chocolate and grilled almond; evolved and complex, supervinous mousse, powerfully full-flavored, and just starting to age gracefully yet with pineapple-fresh acidity, turning as much into a wine with bubbles as a Champagne.