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Lismore Pinot Gris

Ata Rangi Lismore Martinborough Pinot Gris 2018 18.5-/20 points

Raymond Chan | Oct 2018

Bright, light straw-yellow colour with some depth and a suggestion of blush, pale on the edge. The nose is elegant in expression with a soft heart and gently concentrated aromas of white and yellow stonefruits along with subtle white floral elements, stonefruit kernels, with a little nutty lees and oak. The aromatics build in intensity with aeration. Dryish to taste and medium-full bodied, the palate has a rich and deep heart of white and yellow stonefruits along with florals, honeysuckle and hints of pears, unveiling subtle nutty and mineral nuances. The fruit has breadth and presence, and is underlined by some alcohol drive. The palate flows along a fine-textured phenolic line with crisp acidity lending freshness and cut. This is a rich and deep, dryish Pinot Gris with stonefruit, floral and honied hints on a well-driven palate with freshness. Serve with Thai, Vietnamese and Japanese cuisine over the next 3-4 years. Hand-picked fruit from ‘Lismore’, ‘Ata Rangi’, ‘Walnut Ridge’ and ‘Stonecutter’ vineyards, vines up to 23 y.o., WBP and indigenous yeast fermented in tanks and 500 L puncheons to 13.5% alc. and 4.6 g/L RS, the wine aged several months on lees with no MLF.

Ata Rangi Lismore Pinot Gris 2017- 95 pts

Roger Jones | The Harrow at Little Bedwyn

focused, linear, savoury vegetation – but shows control on the palate, which is delicate with perfect fruit and still holds some evolving acidity. A fabulous wine with amazing purity and class.
Roger Jones Consultancy

Ata Rangi Lismore Pinot Gris 2017 – 95 points

Rebecca Gibb, MW

Fresh, round, satisfying and eminently drinkable, this is a fruity and fresh Pinot Gris, with excellent texture and concentration that’s beyond the average.
Rebecca Gibb, MW

Ata Rangi Lismore Pinot Gris 2017 – 95 points

Melanie Brown | The New Zealand Cellar

Bright, upfront, crunchy Braeburn apple notes are supported by beautiful complexity, with creamy nuances. Beautiful structure and poise here: balanced, seductive and beautifully textural.
The New Zealand Cellar

Ata Rangi Lismore Pinot Gris 2017 – 95 points

Cameron Douglas MS

Fragrant and complex bouquet filled with aromas of flowers and ripe fruit with a current of minerality. Dried pear and apple, a hint of tropical fruit, white spice and light savoury lees layer adding complexity. Supple and silky texture on the palate with a warmth and spiced white flesh fruits; balanced, weighty, decent acidity and finishing dry. An excellent example.

Ata Rangi Lismore Pinot Gris 2017 – 90 points

Nick Stock |

An impressive sense of concentration, poise and polish to this pinot gris. An array of citrus and apple-pear fruit aromas and flavors. Finishes sweet-ish and smooth. Drink now. November 2017.

Ata Rangi Lismore Pinot Gris 2017 18.0+/20 points

Raymond Chan | Oct 2017

Very pale straw colour. The nose is elegant but intense with finely concentrated aromas of pears and stonefruits with floral lift and hints of honeysuckle. Dry to taste, the palate is tightly bound and crisp. The fruit expression is more slender than a riper vintage, but this still has fruit intensity of stonefruits and pears. The mouthfeel is near-racy, but flows seamlessly to a cool, clear finish.. From vines up to 22 y.o., fruit hand-picked and WBP, fermented partially by indigenous yeasts in tank and 500 L puncheons to 13.5% alc. and 4 g/L RS, the wine aged on lees.

Ata Rangi Lismore Pinot Gris 2016 – 87 points

The Wine Advocate | Lisa Perrotti-Brown

The 2016 Pinot Gris has youthful apple and pear notes with spicy hints of dill seed, anise and mace. Medium-bodied and off-dry in style, it delivers very pleasant spice and apple character with a lively backbone and good length. 31/12/16
The Wine Advocate

Ata Rangi Lismore Pinot Gris 2016 – 19/20

Raymond Chan | Oct 2016

Bright straw-yellow colour with slight golden suggestions, a little lighter on the rim. This has a tightly bound nose with good depth of yellow stonefruits and savoury pears interwoven with harmonious layers of honeysuckle, nuts and flinty mineral detail, unfolding yellow florals. This has freshness, vitality and blossoms in volume in the glass. Dryish to taste and medium-bodied, bright, lively and lusciously succulent fruit flavours of yellow stonefruits and pears are enriched by honeysuckle, and detailed by nutty, flinty and mineral notes. The fruit is enlivened by fine, lacy acidity and guided by a fine line of refined phenolics lending a balancing dryness. The wine carries with some underlying alcoholic drive to a long, fine-textured and detailed finish of stonefruits, florals, honey and minerals. This is a bright, lively, rich, dryish Pinot Gris with detail, refined textures and fresh, lacy acidity. Serve with mildly spicy Asian and Middle Eastern fare over the next 4 years. Fruit from the ‘Lismore’ and ‘Ata Rangi’ vineyards, vine 22 y.o., hand-picked, WBP and partially indigenous yeast fermented in tank and 500 L oak puncheons to 13.5% alc. and 5 g/L RS, the wine aged several months on lees with no MLF.

Ata Rangi Lismore Pinot Gris 2014 – 18+/20

Raymond Chan | 16 Oct 2014

Very pale, nearly colourless. This is lovely with its softness and gentle volume of lifted aromatics. Exotic florals, spices, hints of musk, yet this has a good core and focus to the bouquet. Off-dry to dry, elegant with a gentle drive and underlying power. Beautifully lifted florals and perfumes, the fruit quite aromatic. The mouthfeel is fine-textured and dry, and flows seamlessly, and warmed a touch on the finish with the alcohol. Fermented in tank and puncheon to 14.0% alc. and 6 g/L RS. A tad light now, but this will become more weighty. 18.0+/20

Ata Rangi Lismore Pinot Gris 2012 – Gold Award

Sommelier Wine Awards 2013

Complexity and depth… Pear, pineapple, green apples and apricots – the nose evokes a stylish fruit salad tinged with spice. The palate shows ripe candied fruits, honey and nutty flavours, with good structure, minerality, fresh acidity, and just the right amount of residual sugar for a rounded finish.

Ata Rangi Lismore Pinot Gris 2012 – 93/100

Australia Gourmet Traveller Wine Aug-Sep 2013

Sipping this wine is like biting into a tree-ripe pear or white peach. There’s a hit of pure fruit sweetness followed by a balancing tang of fruity acidity – delicious. Made in a medium/dry style but with a pleasantly drying and impressively lengthy finish. Bob Campbell MW

Ata Rangi Lismore Pinot Gris 2012 – 87 points

Lisa Perrotti-Brown,, April 2013

Entirely fermented with natural yeasts and with 30% of the blend fermented in barrel, the 2012 Pinot Gris is a dry style with a touch of sweetness (seven grams per liter of residual sugar). The nose has aromas of fresh pears and peaches highlighted by touches of dill seed and white pepper. The palate has a silky texture with good flavors and concentration, balanced acid, and a medium-long finish. Drink it now to 2015.

Ata Rangi Lismore Pinot Gris 2012 – 18+/20

Raymond Chan, Nov 2012

Brilliant straw-yellow with light golden hues to the colour, pale edge. Gentle and ethereal aromas of ripe pears, white stonefruits and honeysuckle build in depth and volume on the nose, the fruit fresh and absolutely pristine with real clarity. Dry to taste, the fruit is still tightly bound, the core revealing flavours of yellow stonefruits, honey and minerals on a flowing and smooth, very finely textured palate. There is an understated power and drive, with balanced, lacy acidity present enhancing the gentle richness which leads effortlessly to a sustained and succulently nuanced finish. This is a reserved and subtly rich Pinot Gris with underlying depth and drive to develop well over the next 3-4 years. Match with fine Asian cuisine. Fruit predominantly from the ‘Lismore’ vineyard on the Martinborough Terrace, hand-picked, WBP and fermented with 20% in seasoned oak to 13.5% alc. and 7 g/L rs. 18.0+/20.

Ata Rangi Lismore Pinot Gris 2011 – 92 Points

Nick Stock | The Age | Sydney Morning Herald Good Wine Guide 2013

A late-picked style that has a golden hue in the glass, with poached pear, golden delicious apple, blanched white almond and creamed honey. The palate has lusciously creamy texture and glides through the poached pear and light melon fruit flavour; gentle grip through the finish.

Ata Rangi Lismore Pinot Gris 2011 – 4.5 Stars

Michael Cooper

Grown in the Lismore Vineyard in Martinborough, 400 metres from the Ata Rangi winery, the 2010 vintage (4.5*) is scented, mouthfilling (14.5 per cent alcohol) and sweet-fruited, with vibrant, ripe nectarine, pear and lychee flavours, fresh and rich, a sliver of sweetness and obvious potential. The 2011 (4.5*) is tight and youthful, with excellent richness and harmony. Intensely varietal, it is ripely scented, with vibrant peach, pear and spice flavours, woven with fresh acidity, and a slightly sweet (8 grams/litre of residual sugar), long finish.

Ata Rangi Lismore Pinot Gris 2011

Lisa Perrotti-Brown,, Oct 2012

The 2011 Lismore Pinot Gris gives notes of ripe pears, peaches and yeast along with delicate hints of allspice and honeysuckle. Medium-bodied and silky in texture, it displays a decent fruit core with just a touch of sweetness that is framed with vibrant, balancing acidity. It finishes long and spicy. Delicious now, it should remain good to 2014.

Ata Rangi Lismore Pinot Gris 2011

Charmian Smith, Otago Daily Times, 18 April 2012

Fragrant with floral hints of cologne, pear and nectarine, but it’s the rich, silky texture and underlying hints of creamy nuts and toast, the balance, harmony and firm, dry finish that make this wine stand out.

Ata Rangi Lismore Pinot Gris 2011

Cameron Douglas, Master Sommelier, Feb 2012

Nose: Clean, fresh and pure aromas of yellow apple and sweet pear, a playful/youthfulness leads to a cider note, hints of soft citrus and white spice.Palate: Reflects what the nose suggest well with juicy and delicious flavours. Some residual sugar is more than balanced by fresh medium+ acidity. The texture is well matched to the style with just a hint of leesy mealy-ness. Very good.
Cameron Douglas

Ata Rangi Lismore Pinot Gris 2011 – 94/100

Bob Campbell MW, Feb 2012

Scented, luscious Pinot Gris with bright flavours and appealing purity. In addition to the classically varietal flavours of ripe pear and anise/spice I noted subtle floral/whie flower and even more subtle toasted nut flavours. Medium/dry.92/100BobsWineReviews.comand94/100in Gourmet Traveller Wine Jun/Jul 2012

Ata Rangi Lismore Pinot Gris 2011 – 19/20

Raymond Chan, Jan 2012

Predominantly fruit from Ro and Lyle Griffiths’ ‘Lismore’ vineyard on the Martinborough Terrace, hand-picked and WBP, cool-fermented with 20% in 3 y.o. oak to 13.5% alc. and 8 g/L rs. No MLF. Brilliant, even, straw-yellow colour with light golden hues, this has a superb, fresh, lively and penetrating bouquet of refined, aromatic yellow florals and spiced pears with hints of exotic tropical fruits. Dry to taste, this is extremely fine featured and textured with subtle, detailed flavours of flowers, pears and stonefruits. The palate is elegant and proportioned, with excellent concentration and a tight core that is still to unfold. Discreet acidity carries the flavours and adds an element of lusciousness, but the wine has a sustained, dry finish. This is a vibrant, classy and detailed Pinot Gris, the most stylish to date from Ata Rangi. It should develop well over the next 4-5 years. Serve with fine Asian cuisine.19.0-/20
Raymond Chan Wine Reviews

Ata Rangi Lismore Pinot Gris 2010

Sam Kim, Wine Orbit, Dec 2010

Pinot Gris this good is rare. It’s ripe and perfumed on the nose displaying pear, stonefruit and floral notes. The wine really sings on the palate showing a succulent mouthfeel and a hint of sweetness leading to a fabulously long delicious finish. It’s beautifully balanced and textured with layers of complex flavours. At its best: now to 2014.

Ata Rangi Lismore Pinot Gris 2010 – 89/100

Bob Campbell MW, Dec 2010

Big, rich Pinot Gris in a slightly sweet style although the sweetness is balanced by fine tannins and acidity to give an agreeably dry-ish finish. Quince, pear and subtle spicy flavours. Quite a complex wine in a very individual style.89/100

Ata Rangi Lismore Pinot Gris 2010 – 18.5/20

Raymond Chan, Dec 2010

Made from fruit from Ro and Lyle Griffiths’ ‘Lismore’ vineyard , whole bunch pressed, inoculated yeast fermented to 14.5% alc., 20% in 3 y.o. barrels, with no MLF, leaving 8 g/L rs. This shows the benefits of a long, cool, growing season providing elegance and heightened aromatics. This has a bright straw yellow colour with just the faintest hint of a blush to the colour. On the nose, very clear-cut, intense and penetrating with pure, refined stonefruit and mineral characters, complexed by steely, honied nuances. The palate is off-dry and displays excellent crisp acidity providing a lively mouthfeel. Steely pears and stone-fruits, enriched with honey show. This is smooth-textured, sleek and very fine-featured. An excellent wine to accompany Asian-influenced cuisine over the next 2-4 years.18.5/20
Raymond Chan Wine Reviews

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