Crimson Pinot Noir
Inspired by a love of New Zealand’s native rata and pohutukawa trees, sales of this very special Pinot Noir from Ata Rangi have supported the work of the Project Crimson Trust for many years.
Founder and winemaker Clive Paton has long been a tree lover, and his work in this area was recognised in 2012 when he was appointed an Officer of the New Zealand Order of Merit in recognition of his contribution to Conservation and Viticulture. In his spare time he works actively on native tree planting at the Ata Rangi family Bush Block, 15 minutes south of Martinborough. The idea for Crimson evolved from Ata Rangi’s on-going association with the Project Crimson Trust through Clive’s work with rata propagation and planting. More info on this work can be found on Ata Rangi’s website ‘Bush Block’ page.
Ata Rangi report that their delicious Crimson ‘young vines’ pinot noir, with its beautiful pohutukawa-clad label, continues to wow wine lovers and media critics not only close to home, but in cities as diverse as Tokyo, London, Melbourne, Singapore and Rio. Reference to the work of Project Crimson is carried on the back label, helping to spread the word across the globe.
Crimson Pinot Noir makes a fabulous gift ! The bottles can be packed in attractive, branded wooden boxes for a small extra cost and sent directly with a personalised card.
Crimson can be purchased directly from the winery (door to door delivery) for $35 per bottle.
For details and to purchase, visit the ‘Buy Wine’ page on the Ata Rangi website.
Ata Rangi CRIMSON is an ongoing commitment to the Project Crimson Trust.
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Crimson Pinot Noir 2012 follows the tradition of the many previous vintages as a vibrant, lively and accessible pinot noir. The 2012 from a relatively cool season is at first restrained, but opens layer by layer in the glass to show lovely wild cherry and dark berry notes. More savoury than 'sweet', there are intriguing touches of thyme, sandalwood and dried rose pot pourri. The palate is focused by the spine of tight, fine tannins.
Crimson is sourced primarily from 10 to 20 year old vines, compared to 30 years plus for our oldest pinot vines. Generally speaking these recent plantings express the more aromatic spectrum of the Martinborough Terrace fruit.
It is made in a style intended for enjoying within a few years of the vintage, with all the same care and attention as is given to the main label Ata Rangi Pinot Noir.