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Ata Rangi

Clive Paton, his wife Phyll, and sister Helen established Ata Rangi in the hitherto unknown wine region of Martinborough, planting their first Pinot Noir vines in 1980.  Although there are numerous clones planted in the vineyards, Ata Rangi owes a substantial portion of it’s success to the legendary ‘gumboot’ clone, reputed to have been ‘acquired’ from La Tache and smuggled in to New Zealand in the 1970s where it was intercepted and confiscated by a customs officer, who, realizing what it was, paid for it to be quarantined and passed for planting in New Zealand years later.

The Pinot Noir is fermented with natural yeasts and matured in French oak for 11 months, 25-30% of which is new.  Around 30% whole bunch is included.