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McCrone Vineyard Pinot Noir

Ata Rangi McCrone Vineyard Pinot Noir 2015 – 96 Points

Jamie Goode | Wine Anorak

Leafy green, undergrowth notes on the nose with lovely prettiness. The palate is fresh and detailed with nice fleshy red berry fruits. Has grip and structure with some firmness and a nice acid core. Really taut and structural with a dry finish. Has masses of potential. December 2018

Ata Rangi McCrone Vineyard Pinot Noir 2015 – 95 points

Gary Walsh | The WINEFRONT, December 2018

Tasted back in June in a vertical of McCrone and Estate Pinot, though this 2015 has only just now been released. They tend to hold back McCrone, releasing it later than the estate Pinot Noir. McCrone in both 2015 and 2016 less bold than prior releases, seeking a little more finesse than this usually powerful vineyard produces, in part by intent, but also as a function of vintage.

Cherry, plenty of spice and energy, graphite tannin, sweet orange floral tones, some Nebbiolo character here (which is perhaps unorthodox, but suits me just fine), good pitch to the acidity, and excellent length. Dynamic and vibrant. Wonderful wine.

Ata Rangi McCrone Vineyard Pinot Noir 2015 – 97 points

Nick Stock |, October 2018

This is a sensational edition of McCrone Vineyard pinot noir, with an austere and stoic frame of tannins and dark, spicy fruit aromas and flavors. The nose has some lighter floral and herbal fragrance, leading to a palate with darker blueberries and very assertive, tangy black cherries that fill the palate and hold long amid the interplay of tannins and acidity that defines the finish.

Ata Rangi McCrone Vineyard Pinot Noir 2015 – 19 points

Raymond Chan | November 2018


Even, garnet-hued ruby-red colour, a little lighter on the rim.  The bouquet is softly full, a little restrained in fruit expression, but shows plenty of vinous presence.  The nose unfolds to reveal aromas of ripe dark-red berry fruit entwined with an amalgam of savoury dark herbs, whole bunch stalk nuances and a little earth.  This builds in depth, but retains a degree of finesse.  Medium-full bodied, the palate is elegantly concentrated with a rounded core of well-packed flavours of savoury red berry fruits with hints of black fruits, dark herbs and stalk nuances.  The fruit richness is balanced by fine-grained, powdery tannin extraction with soft acidity enhancing the rounded mouthfeel.  Savoury earthy complexities emerge as the wine carries smoothly to a long finish.  This is an elegantly concentrated Pinot Noir with complex, savoury red berry fruits, herb and earthy notes, whole bunch stalk hints on a rounded and smooth-textured flowing palate.  Match with casseroles and slow-cooked game dishes over the next 6-7+ years.  Clones Abel, 5, 115 and 777 from the ‘McCrone’ vineyard, indigenous yeast fermented to 13.5% alc. with 40% whole bunches, the wine aged 11 months in 20% new French oak barriques.  19.0-/20
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Ata Rangi McCrone Vineyard Pinot Noir 2014 – 19 points

Raymond Chan | October 2017

Dark, deep ruby-red colour. The bouquet is intensely deep with complex secondary notes, the nose showing bold, savoury dark red berry fruits with dried herbs, whole bunch stalk lift and nuances of undergrowth. Full-bodied on palate, this has weight and power, with depth and concentration. The fruit is sweetly rich with savoury dark-red berry, cherry and plum notes with dark and dried herbs, stalk elements, and nuances of game and undergrowth. The extraction and structure is considerable, and the acidity balanced and integrated. A fulsome and complex wine already.
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Ata Rangi McCrone Vineyard Pinot Noir 2014 – 96 points

Bob Campbell

Quite a dense, savoury pinot noir with cherry, berry, dried herb, stemmy, floral, violet, mixed spice and anise flavours. It makes a bold statement. A firmly-structured wine with obvious cellaring potential . May 2018
Bob Campbell

Ata Rangi McCrone Vineyard Pinot Noir 2014 – 98 points

Sam Kim | Wine Orbit

A magnificent, cellar-aged pinot; the bouquet is totally seductive, displaying spiced plum, dark cherry, game, truffle and cedar characters, followed by a silky-smooth palate that is multi-layered and impressively weighted, while remaining exquisitely elegant and harmonious. The wine offers fabulous fruit purity together with alluring savoury complexity, making it irresistibly delicious. At its best: now to 2026. $75.00. June 2018.
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Ata Rangi McCrone Vineyard Pinot Noir 2014 – 96 points

Cameron Douglas MS | June 2018

Complex and alluring bouquet of Pinot Noir led by aromas of stony minerality, a steely haunting layer amidst aromas of red berries and red apple; then vanilla and sweet oak scents. Dry, complex and equally alluring on the palate with layers of dried herb, stony earthy flavours, firm youthful tannins and acidity to match. The core of red berry fruits brings all the elements together into a long and complex finish. Overall balance still to arrive, this wine needs more time please. Best from 2020 through 2030+.
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Ata Rangi McCrone Vineyard Pinot Noir 2014 – 97 points

Nick Stock |

A powerful pinot with deep-set darker cherry and plum fruits, sappy and spicy fresh forest aromas. Pomegranate and ripe dark-fleshed peaches add plenty of interest. The palate has a deep, luscious and spicy feel to it with plenty of rich and ripe cherry fruits on offer. This carries a bold ball of tannins in a polished but dense mode. Drink now and for several years to come. November 2017.

Ata Rangi McCrone Vineyard Pinot Noir 2014 – 95 points

Gary Walsh | The WINEFRONT, September 2017

I did a quick tasting of twenty or so Martinborough Pinot Noir…and the venue was the McCrone House, which sits inside the McCrone Vineyard. So I walked outside into the vines to finish the tasting. Dried flower perfume, dried cherry, sappy orange peel. Pow pow powerful, with a bitterness and dark chocolate flavour in with brighter perfumed fruit, chinotto and tannin push the finish out. Really like this. Has an X-factor, a bit of chutzpah, that sets it apart from the pack.

Ata Rangi McCrone Vineyard Pinot Noir 2013 – 96 points

Gourmet Traveller Wine | 2016

The two-and-a-half hectare McCrone Vineyard was planted in 2001 with Abel, Clone 5 and Dijon clones 115 and 777. This is the fourth release (other vintages are 2008, 2009 and 2011). Dense, rich, flavour-packed pinot noir with black-fleshed plum, spice, floral and a strong savoury/stemmy character that might derive from the use of 30 per cent whole bunches in the fermentation. A complex and powerful wine with cellaring potential.
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Ata Rangi McCrone Vineyard Pinot Noir 2013 – 18.5+/20 points

Raymond Chan | October 2016

Even ruby-red colour with some depth, a little lighter on the rim with slight purple hues. This has a well-bound and finely concentrated, intense bouquet of dark-red berry and cherry fruits interwoven with subtle, savoury dried herb, earth, nutty and mineral complexities, unveiling nuances of spice, liquorice, and violet florals. The nose is still fresh, vibrant and lively, and just beginning to show secondary complexities. Medium-bodied, the palate is well-proportioned with deep and intense, tightly bound flavours of savoury dark red berry and cherry fruit complexed by subtle dried herb, herb and earthy layers. The palate has a refined grip, structure and linearity, with balanced, integrated acidity, and the textures carry the wine to a long, finely concentrated finish of savoury red berry and cherry fruit. This is a well-proportioned, tightly bound, fine-and seriously structured, savoury red-fruited Pinot Noir just beginning to show secondary complexities. Serve with coq au vin and casseroles over the next 6-8 years. The fourth release of a ‘McCrone’ vineyard Pinot Noir. Clones Abel, 5, 115 and 777 from the 2.43 ha ‘McCrone’ vineyard in Regent Street, vines planted 2001, fermented to 13.5% alc., the wine on skins up to 21 days and aged 11 months in 20% new French oak barriques.
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Ata Rangi McCrone Vineyard Pinot Noir 2008 – 97 points

Australia Gourmet Traveller Wine Aug-Sep 2013

First release of a new single vineyard Pinot Noir with younger vines (planted in 2001) than the flagship but with the benefit of three year’s extra bottle age. Higher clay content in the soil has helped produce a richer, weightier wine than the leaner, more minerally regular label. Ripe plum, spice, red cherry and some pleasing savoury earthiness. Impressive wine.
Bob Campbell MW

Ata Rangi McCrone Vineyard Pinot Noir 2008 – 92 points

Lisa Perrotti-Brown |, April 2013

Pale to medium ruby in color, the 2008 McCrone Vineyard Pinot Noir is made with fruit from the recently acquired six-hectare McCrone Vineyard, which is 13 years old and has clay in the soil profile that other sites don’t have. It shows off a pretty core of black cherry, red currant and warm cranberry accented by hints of spice, anise, some yeast extract, soy and meat. Medium-bodied with low to medium levels of grainy tannins, it is elegant, concentrated and long through the finish. Drink it now to 2018.

Ata Rangi Martinborough ‘McCrone Vineyard’ Pinot Noir 2008 – 19-/20

Raymond Chan | April 2013

Dark, deep, ruby-red colour with some purple-garnet hues on rim. The nose is elegant and refined, gently building in density to show a core of ripe dark red berry fruits and red florals, with interwoven detailed notes of minerals, dark earth, liquorice and savoury game. Medium-full bodied, rich, lively and sweet soft-red berry fruit flavours are the feature on a bright and vibrant palate. Supple, fine-grained tannins underline the fruit with excellent acid tension adding to the freshness and succulence. The structure grows, and subtle savoury game and undergrowth complexities appear on mid-palate and flow through to a lingering finish with an array of lush flavours. This is a sweet-fruited and vibrant and finely structured Pinot Noir with the beginnings of secondary interest showing. Serve with duck, pork and lamb dishes over the next 6-8+ years.

Ata Rangi McCrone Vineyard Pinot Noir 2008 – 90 points

Jeannie Cho Lee MW,

Medium bodied Pinot with savoury flavours and herbs with dark berry fruit. There is an earthiness here with supple texture. Vines planted in 2002 with soil that has more clay than the other sites/vineyards. Good finish. Young vines, but shows potential to produce very good Pinot. The 2008 is just being released now. Ready to drink : 2017+
Tasted : January 2013, Wellington, New Zealand Maturity : Young

Ata Rangi McCrone Vineyard Pinot Noir 2008 – 92 points

Neal Martin | Wine Advocate, October 2010

The 2008 McCrone Pinot Noir has a lovely, lifted bouquet: floral with scents of cranberry, raspberry with a hint of cassis. Yet again, Clive Paton delivers wonderful definition. The palate is medium-bodied, gritty tannins, off-dry, redcurrant and raspberry coulis, a touch of bergamot towards the finish that displays a captivating sense of symmetry. Still a little tight, I anticipate this will blossom in a couple of years. Drink 2011-2018.

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