Happenings from the vineyards, wineries and roads travelled between.


Ata Rangi Célèbre 2015 – 95 points

Sam Kim | Wine Orbit

The wine combines clarity and precision of fruit with engaging complexity, displaying lifted aromas of cassis, Black Doris plum, thyme, cedar and smoked game on the nose. The palate is equally gratifying with superbly weighted mouthfeel, backed by silky texture and fine, chalky tannins. Wonderfully harmonious and persistent. A blend of 55% merlot, 30% syrah and 15% cabernet sauvignon. At its best: 2019 to 2027. $40.00. June 2018.
Wine Orbit

Ata Rangi Célèbre 2015 – 19-/20 points

Raymond Chan

Very dark, deep, black-hued ruby-red colour, a little lighter on the rim with slight purple hues. The nose is well-proportioned with deeply concentrated and intense aromas of ripe blackberry and black plum fruit melded with notes of dark raspberries entwined with Asian spices, black pepper and minerals, unfolding a fine blackcurrant, cassis and herbal edge, with dark-red floral elements emerging with aeration. Medium-full bodied, the palate is packed with concentrated and deep flavours of ripe blackberries, dark raspberries and plums, with notes of black pepper, Asian spices, liquorice, currants and herbs. The fruit is sweetly rich and supported by considerable fine-grained tannin structure with a line of lacy acidity providing tension and drive. The flavours blossom with spices and florals as the wine carries to a long, lingering finish. This is a fine and firmly concentrated Merlot/Syrah/Cabernet blend with blackberry, plum, spice and peppery fruit flavours on a palate with plenty of fine-grained structure. Match with lamb, beef, venison, and semi-hard cheeses over the next 8+ years. A blend of 48% Merlot, 30% Syrah, 12% Cabernet Sauvignon, 6% Malbec and 4% Cabernet Franc, from the ‘Ata Rangi’, ‘Craighall’, ‘Kahu’, Di Mattina’, ‘Champ Ali’ and ‘Hau Ariki’ vineyards on the Martinborough Terrace, fermented to 13.5% alc., the wine aged 12 months in 22% new oak, then given a further 12 months in neutral oak. 19.0-/20 May 2018
Raymond Chan Wine Reviews

Ata Rangi Célèbre 2014 – 95 points

Gourmet Traveller Wine

Bright, aromatic blend of merlot, syrah, cabernet sauvignon and cabernet franc. Lifted almost floral notes from syrah and cabernet franc, together with richer berry flavours from merlot and cabernet suggest a Right Bank Bordeaux style.
Gourmet Traveller Wine

Ata Rangi Célèbre 2014 – 18.5+/20

Raymond Chan | October 2016

Dark, deep ruby-red colour, a little lighter on the rim, youthful in appearance. The nose is full and firmly concentrated with near robust aromas of vibrantly ripe blackberry fruit along with black plum and blackcurrant notes, detailed by subtle nuances of dark herbs and earth, unveiling suggestions of spices and nutty oak. Medium to medium-full bodied, the palate has bright and plush fruit flavours of ripe black-berried fruits, black plums, Asian spices, with herb and currant notes, unfolding some black pepper and toasty oak. The fruit richness is supported by fine-grained tannin extraction structure with good, elegant grip, and enlivened by softly ripe acidity. The flavours are harmoniously melded and carry with energy to a softly full and long lingering finish of black fruits, pepper and cassis. This is a rich, plush black berry, black plum and curranty red blend with spice ant oak detail on a finely structured palate with soft, ripe acidity. Match with lamb, beef, venison as slow-cooked game dishes over the next 6-8+ years. A blend of 55% Merlot, 35% Syrah, 5% Cabernet Sauvignon and 5% Cabernet Franc, from the ‘Ata Rangi Home’, ‘Craighall’, Di Mattina’, ‘Champ Ali’, ‘Boundary Road’ and ‘Kahu’ sites, with uninoculated fermentations to 13.0% alc., the wine on skins 25 days and aged 17 months in 20% new French oak.
Raymond Chan Wine Reviews

Ata Rangi Célèbre 2014 – 95 Points

Bob Campbell | The Real Review, September 2016

A blend of 55% merlot, 35% syrah and cabernet sauvignon. A bright, high energy red, with concentration and a rich, mouth-filling texture. An aromatic wine with lifted, almost floral syrah contrasting nicely with the richer, berryish flavours of merlot and cabernet sauvignon. A classy red with its own very distinctive style.

Ata Rangi Célèbre 2014 – 93 Points

Sam Kim | Wine Orbit, August 2016

This gorgeous red is wonderfully composed and beautifully styled, displaying dark plum, spiced cherry, game and cedar characters with a subtle herbal infusion. The palate delivers succulent and rounded mouthfeel with excellent fruit weight, brilliantly structured by fine, delicately drying tannins. The wine is superbly balanced and harmonious, and offers fabulous drinking. A blend of merlot, syrah and cabernet sauvignon. At its best: 2017 to 2022.

Ata Rangi Célèbre 2013 – 94 Points

Sam Kim | Wine Orbit, April 2015

A beautifully styled red, the bouquet shows pristine aromas of dark plum, blueberry and floral with subtly infused cigar box complexity. The palate delivers excellent concentration and focus, beautifully enhanced by silky texture and rounded mouthfeel. The wine shows superb harmony and balance, and the abundance of fine, chalky tannins provides classic frame and structure to this stylish wine. It is dangerously drinkable already but promises to evolve magnificently to show greater complexity. A blend of 55% merlot, 35% syrah and 10% cabernet sauvignon. At its best: 2017 to 2025.

Ata Rangi Célèbre 2013 – 95 Points, 5 Stars

Bob Campbell | Bob’s Wine Reviews, June 2015

Merlot (55%), Syrah (35%) and Cabernet Sauvignon. Robust yet elegant red wine with dark berry fruits, violet, cedar and spice flavours. A firm backbone of fine tannins offers structure and longevity without being too much of a barrier at this early stage. The best Celebre I can recall tasting. Drink 2015-2023.

Ata Rangi Célèbre 2013

Yvonne Lorkin | NZ Herald Canvas, Aug 2015

Martinborough is a region more famous for pinot noir than bold blends of merlot, syrah and cabernet sauvignon. But if anyone’s going to do it, Helen Masters and her Ata Rangi team can. This Rhone-meets-Bordeaux blend was fiirst made back in 1986 and it’s been a hit ever since. Ruby-coloured, it shows earthy, meaty aromas, where leather and pepper merge with prune, blueberry, blackcurrant and leafy, dried-herb characters in the mouth. It’s firm and concentrated yet bright and incredibly fresh to drink.

Ata Rangi Célèbre 2013 – 18.5/20, 5 Stars

Raymond Chan | May 2015

Very dark, deep, black-hued ruby-red colour with youthful purple hues, lighter on rim. The nose is full, solid and densely packed with aromas of blackberry and black plum fruit, unfolding black pepper, Asian spices and subtle blackcurrant detail. The aromatics unfold complexing earth and lifted dark herb nuances. Medium-full bodied, the palate features a firmly concentrated core of ripe black and earthy plums melded with blackberry and black pepper. Rich, lush and succulent blackcurrant flavours underline the fruit. Fulsome, robust tannin extraction supports the palate lending significant structure and grip. The textures are grainy, with sufficient suppleness to ensure no rusticity, and carry the deep, mouthfilling flavours to a long, full, firm finish. This is a rich, sweet, black plum, berry and curranty Merlot-blend with fulsome structure and grip. Match with barbecued and roasted red meat dishes over the next 8-10 years. A blend of 55% Merlot, 35% Syrah and 10% Cabernet Sauvignon from the Ata Rangi ‘Home Block’, ‘Craighall’, ‘Di Mattina’, ‘Champ Ali’, ‘Boundary Road’ and ‘Kahu’ sites, indigenous yeast fermented to 13.0% alc., the wine spending up to 21 days on skins and aged 17 months in 20% new French oak barriques.

Ata Rangi Célèbre 2011 – 93 points

Bob Campbell MW,, June 2014

Merlot 63%, Syrah 27% and Cabernet Sauvignon 10%. Rich, smooth red with ripe plum and dark berry flavours together with a seasoning of spicy oak. Bold, vibrant and moderately complex wine with good cellaring potential.

Ata Rangi Célèbre 2011 – GOLD

Sommelier Wine Awards 2014

Elegance and focus lead Ata Rangi to the Gold List. A fragrant blend of Syrah, Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot, with morello cherry, red and black fruits and a herbaceous streak, the palate has at its core crunchy fruit with an elegant seam of acidity.

Ata Rangi Célèbre 2011

Michael Cooper |

Pronounced ‘say-lebr’, this is a blend of grape varieties – Merlot, Syrah and Cabernet Sauvignon. Robust and vibrantly fruity, it typically has impressive weight and depth of plummy, spicy, slightly herbal flavours in a complex style that matures well. There is no 2010 or 2012. The 2011 vintage (4.5*), the first since 2009, is a blend of Merlot (63 per cent), Syrah (27 per cent) and Cabernet Sauvignon (10 per cent). Richly coloured, it’s a stylish, youthful wine with fresh acidity and rich, vibrant blackcurrant, plum, spice and herb flavours, seasoned with quality oak. Showing excellent concentration and complexity, it’s already approachable, but should flourish with cellaring.

Ata Rangi Célèbre 2011 – 90 points

Bob Campbell MW,, April 2013

Syrah, Merlot Cabernet blend. Rich, generously proportioned wine with strong sweet fruit that suggest plum and dark berries plus a suggestion of fresh herbs. Full-flavoured red – a real crowd pleaser.

Ata Rangi Célèbre 2009

Cameron Douglas, Master Sommelier, Feb 2012

Nose: Toasty raspberry Syrah notes, plums and blackberry aromas, plenty of oak but in balance, dark velvet and red petals, sweet earth quality.
Palate: Delicious! With a strong core of fruit in contrast to a fine, medium tannin structure, medium+ acidity, plum, plum jam and blackberry fruits,medium+ length, youthful. Another classic wine that many a wine list will appreciate. 4.5 Stars.
Cameron Douglas

Ata Rangi Célèbre 2009

Jancis Robinson MW, 22 Feb 2012

50% Syrah, 40% Merlot, 10% Cabernet Sauvignon. Nourishing, well-balanced red. Very clean and refreshing and brisk but satisfying too. Clever! Drink 2012-2018
Jancis Robinson

Ata Rangi Célèbre 2009

Bob Campbell MW, Feb 2012

Syrah, Merlot Cabernet blend that’s been around for a long time but has morphed from being a pretty gutsy wine into something that, this year at least, is an accessible and highly approachable red. Elegant wine with cherry, plum, spice and hints of wild herbs and cedar. Bone dry but not austere. Serious red for savouring with moderately flavoursome red meat dishes. 87/100

Ata Rangi Célèbre 2009

Raymond Chan, Jan 2012

A blend of 50% Syrah, from four different blocks, 40% Merlot, from three blocks, and 10% Cabernet Sauvignon, from two blocks, given a pre-fermentation maceration and fermented to 14.0% alc., with 21 days on skins, then aged 17 months in 20% new French oak barriques. Bright, deep, purple-hued ruby-red colour, youthful in appearance. The bouquet is marked by reduction, but has warm, earthy, black and red fruits, predominantly in the plum range, with some tobacco notes and restrained layers of spice and dark herbs underneath. Medium-full bodied, the fruit is a little subdued, but luscious flavours of spiced black plums and pepper clearly show the Syrah component, with support from gentle red fruits, and earth. The palate has density and concentration, with a firm, driven palate line, and soft textures and mouthfeel from the supple tannin extraction. The reductive notes lend a little bitterness to the expression, but aromatic spice and pepper nuances and good acid balance emerge on the finish. This is a medium-bodied, gently concentrated ‘Célèbre’ which will show complexity with bottle development. Serve with game meat over the next 5-7+ years.
Raymond Chan Wine Reviews

Ata Rangi Célèbre 2008

Michael Cooper

Pronounced say-lebr, this is a blend of grape varieties and in some years a regional blend too. Robust and vibrantly fruity, it typically has impressive weight and depth of plummy, spicy flavour in a complex style that matures well. The 2008 vintage (4.5*), sourced entirely from Martinborough, is a blend of Merlot (35 per cent), Syrah (35 per cent), and the two Cabernets (Sauvignon and Franc). Deep and bright in colour, it is mouthfilling, with strong, ripe plum, spice and nut flavours, complex and savoury, and a well-rounded finish.

Ata Rangi Célèbre 2008

Gary Walsh, The Wine Front, 14 Dec 2011

Red fruit and peppery Chai -like aromatics with a medium weight palate that’s lively, spicy and lightly sappy. Has excellent line and vivacious appeal, minorly astringent dry tannin and perky acid. Crisp. It’s Clarety and Rhoney – proving you can have your cake and eat it too. Good to see this style of wine.
The Wine Front

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