Country: New Zealand Region: Martinborough
Varietal: Pinot Noir
Vintage: 2012Colour: Red Style: Dry
Producer: Ata Ranghi
This second-tier label is 'a vibrant expression of younger' vines and made for early drinking but the majority of the vines are 10 to 20 years old. Hand-picked at Martinborough, fermented with indigenous yeasts and matured in French oak casks, the 2011 vintage (4.5*) is full-coloured and youthful, savoury and supple, with generous, well-ripened cherry, plum, spice and nut flavours, showing excellent complexity. Finely textured and very harmonious, it's already delicious and offers very good value.
Ageing Potential: 3-7 Years
Pale to medium ruby-purple in color, the 2011 Crimson Pinot Noir is made from younger vines and gives earthy, gamey, red currant and cranberry aromas laced with lovely yeasty and toasty notes. Medium-bodied and elegantly framed with crisp acid and soft tannins, it also finishes long. Drink it now to 2017.
Food Matches: Red Meat / Risottos / Turkey / Duck