2017 Ata Rangi Sauvignon Blanc Raranga

Year: 2017
Appellation: Martinborough
Country: New Zealand
Vinous Media: 89
James Suckling: 92
Wine Enthusiast: 90
White Wine
Alcohol by Volume: 12.5%
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"The 2017 Martinborough Raranga Sauvignon Blanc has a crisp, grassy, gooseberry-scented bouquet that opens nicely in the glass. The palate is fresh on the entry, displaying crisp acidity, nice balance and plenty of green apple and discreet Conference pear and spice notes towards the relatively understated finish. Very fine. " (VM)

"A small portion of skin contact adds another dimension to this restrained lime and herb leaf style. The cooler vintage has really focused this wine into a fresh, long lime citrus mode on the palate. Drink now. Screw cap. " (JS)

"A cool vintage in Martinborough has yielded an austere and vegetal wine. Tones of green bean, tomato stem, pressed yellow flower, grapefruit and stone lead to a grainy-textured palate. Laser-focused acidity highlights accents of dried herbs. Those who normally steer away from ultrafruity Sauvignon will find this a refreshing and compelling drop. -Christina Pickard" (WE)

Winery Notes:
Raranga Sauvignon Blanc (“woven” in Maori) is our expression of this variety in the low yielding Martinborough region. Utilising several traditional winemaking techniques including barrel ferments with high solids juice, extended skin contact and partial malolactic fermentation. Around 15% of the fruit was fermented in contact with skins, drawing out their more complex flavours. The grape skins also contain phenolics which, combined with the natural acidity, offer a fresh back bone. These portions are woven together to produce a complex and textural wine.

Complex nose of lemon curd, citrus blossom and white peach with spicy aromatics reminiscent of cinnamon apple pie. The texture that the on-skins and barrel fermentation components bring shows itself in a suppleness creaminess, which mingles with lemon zest notes and a tangy finish.

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