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Juliet Syrah

Ata Rangi Juliet 2015 – 95 Points

Jamie Goode | Wine Anorak

12.3% alcohol. Syrah from Kahu vineyard in the village. Syrah top grafted onto Cabernet Sauvignon, first made in 2013. Vibrant and edgy with linear, floral peppery fruit. Juicy and linear and with pure red fruits. Floral, lean and bright with lovely grip and focus. So pretty and expressive with real focus and finesse. A very pretty wine. December 2018

Ata Rangi Juliet 2015 – 94 Points

Cameron Douglas MS | June 2018

Intense dark black and red berry fruits bouquet with clove and vanilla spices, pepper and spicy toasty wood tones. Dry, fleshy, fruity, spicy and complex. Youthful with firm tannin and acid line, contrasting core of fruit with black currant, dark raspberry, a soft silty mineral layer and dark baking spice flavours. Lengthy, youthful, developing and complex. A lovely example. Double decant for service or cellar. Best from late 2019 through 2026.
Cameron Douglas Wine Reviews

Ata Rangi Juliet 2013 – 95 Points, 5 Stars

Bob Campbell | Bob’s Wine Reviews, June 2015

Dense, ripe Syrah, with dark berry, plum, spice and pepper, together with a suggestion of violets and wood smoke. Quite dense yet supple, with a core of sweet fruit supported by fine, ripe tannins. Impressive wine with poise, power and balance.Drink 2015-2024.

Ata Rangi Juliet 2013 – 19.0-/20, 5 Stars

Raymond Chan | May 2015

Named in remembrance of Juliet Hensley, owner of the ‘Kahu’ vineyard from where the fruit was sourced. Hand-harvested from a small, single block, undergoing pre-fermentation maceration and un-inoculated ferment to 13.5% alc., the wine spent up to 24 days on skins and was aged 11 months in 20% new French oak. Very full, even, black-hued purple-ruby colour, very youthful in appearance. The nose is elegant and very tightly bound initially, with finely concentrated aromas of black berries, black pepper, Asian spices and complexing minerally reduction. With aeration the reduction dissipates, and raspberry liqueur, aromatic herbs, violet florals and exotic perfumes blossom. Medium-full bodied, juicy, fleshy and lively flavours of spicy black berries, black pepper, raspberries and violet florals fill the palate with richness. The reductive minerally notes fade and integrate with the spiciness. The fruit has vitality and vibrancy, with enlivening acidity, and the mouthfeel is elegant with fine, flowery tannins in support. The sweet, succulent and aromatic fruit carries to a very long and sustained, fine-featured finish. This is a rich, juicy, succulent black-fruited spicy Syrah with complex minerally notes, exotic aromatics and refined tannin structure. Match with game meat and Mediterranean cuisine over the next 8-10 years.

Ata Rangi Juliet 2013 – 96 Points

Mike Bennie | The Wine Front, Oct 2014

The wine coincided with the death of a special friend of Ata Rangi, and comes from a single vineyard. The old cabernet vines were top-grafted to syrah, and never really managed to get ripe, but in 2013 with its heat, the fruit got ripe. ‘Juliet’ was in the house as the wine was made, with the family helping out during vintage as she ended her days. A beautiful thing to have a single vineyard expression from the family.
Precise, lovely, earthy. Such fragrance here! Floral things, red fruits, spice, pepper, light herbal notes. SO much in perfume. So good. Glorious to taste – elegance, seamless flow, pinot-like in texture with floral mouth perfume, fine tense, powdery, dusty tannins, silkiness and extraordinary length. Extraordinary. The best NZ syrah ever, perhaps.

Ata Rangi Syrah 2010

Raymond Chan | April 2013

Very dark, deep, black-hued ruby-red with youthful purple hues. This has a concentrated and densely packed nose of black pepper, black fruits, game and minerals, along with some reductive elements. The bouquet softens and blooms with violet florals in the glass. Medium-full bodied, rich, bright, juicy black berry fruit flavours show with black pepper, game meat, black florals and minerally reductive notes forming a complex arrany of flavours. The mouthfeel is sweet and lush with lacy acidity and fine, grained-tannins providing linear drive that lead to a very long, succulent and spicy finish. This is a bright, juicy and lively Syrah with black fruits, pepper, meat and minerally complexities. Match with roast game meat over the next 7-8+ years..

Ata Rangi Syrah 2009 – 95/100

Australia Gourmet Traveller Wine Aug-Sep 2013

A new small production label from 15 year-old vines in three small blocks. Its a supple, Rhone-like wine with pronounced pepper and floral characters over a core of sweet plum and red berry fruit. Supple, high energy wine with a lengthy finish.
Bob Campbell MW

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