Ata Rangi is owned and run by Clive Paton and his wife Phyll, together with Clive's sister Alison and winemaker Helen Masters. Clive planted the bare, stony five hectare home paddock at the edge of Martinborough in 1980 and, in doing so, was one of a handful of people who pioneered grape growing in the area. Renowned for their Pinot Noir, which is consistently ranked as one of New Zealand's best, Ata Rangi also produces a range of white wines including Chardonnay, Sauvignon Blanc and Pinot Gris.
Uniquely Martinborough in style with fresh fennel and florals on the nose, this vibrant, juicy wine comes from hand-picked fruit from low yielding older vines. 30% of the grapes were fermented in oak with some fermented on skins, for added complexity. This wine has complex aromas of lemon curd, citrus blossom and white peach. There are also interesting notes of spiced apple pie. On the palate, there is a creamy texture obtained from the skin contact and barrel fermentation, intermingled with tangy lemon zest flavours on the finish.