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  • Ata Rangi Kotinga Vineyard Pinot Noir 2020

    £89.99

    “The 2020 Kotinga Pinot Noir is savory, gravelly and spiced. The wine has a gentle bone broth persuasion through the middle palate, with star anise and sumac, hints of ginger root, clove, cherry pip and salted red licorice, and there’s a gentle walnut character, with red apple acidity at the core. This is a wonderful complex and layered wine. Quite exciting. There is a lovely undulating flow of flavor through the long finish. 14% alcohol, sealed under screw cap. Drinking window: 2023-2035. 94+ points

    This is 40% whole bunch and goes into one big oak foudre, not stored in 228-liter barriques. The clones here are 100% Dijon clones, which are also distinct from the other wines. “How do I help this site define what it is,” says Helen Masters. Ata Rangi purchased the site in 2014, after leasing it since 2007. They converted it to organics after that. “It wasn’t until 2020 that the site had an identity that validated it as a single-vineyard expression,” says Masters.

    Erin Larkin, Wine Advocate (12/23)

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  • Ata Rangi Masters Vineyard Pinot Noir 2020

    £74.95

    “The 2020 Masters Pinot Noir is immediately aromatically distinct from the other wines here. It leads with a floral/orange blossom character on the nose, with blood, graphite, cherry, sumac and cracked cumin seeds. It’s one thing for Pinot to taste good, but it’s a whole other level of experience for it to smell good; and I feel I could smell this all day. On the palate, the wine is weighty and wide, blanketing the tongue and feeling cohesive and harmonious. The whole bunch character here works structurally, without leaving any distinct whole bunch characters. It’s really great, pleasurable, distinct and exciting. It’s a full 360-degree experience, with weight, aroma, flavor, spool of acid, saliva, etc. Kirsch is through the finish. 13.5% alcohol, sealed under screw cap. Drink: 2023-2035. 96 points

    This has similar clay soils to the McCrone Vineyard. There’s 70% whole bunch in the ferment.”

    Erin Larkin, Wine Advocate (12/23)

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  • Ata Rangi McCrone Vineyard Pinot Noir 2020

    £79.95

    “The 2020 McCrone Vineyard Pinot Noir is great. This leads with salted tomato, cherry and caper brine. This is mineral as hell, tight, expansive and spicy and gray in color spectrum; it’s not all ribald cherry/berry fruit. There is drama here—floral and rocky with ferruginous tannins. I like it. 14% alcohol, sealed under screw cap. Drinking window: 2023-2033. 92 points

    Ata Rangi is one of New Zealand’s most respected Pinot Noir producers, offering nuance and complexity.The wines always manage balance ripeness of fruit with a delicate hand, extricating fine tannins. Long-time winemaker Helen Masters nails it every year whither the season. Several single vineyard cuvées have come on stream in recent years. The Kotinga, planted on gravel, is a bright, sappy style, while the McCrone, off clay-rich soils, is more robust, full and structured, taking longer to come around. Masters’ Pinot Noir from clay gravels also has a sense of structure and fragrance. The so-called entry-level Crimson provides a well-priced taste of fine Martinborough Pinot Noir.

    Rebecca Gibb, Vinous (04/23)

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  • Ata Rangi Pinot Noir 2020

    £55.75

    “The 2020 Pinot Noir reminds me of walking into a cathedral – that quiet, cool hush that falls as you walk through its doors. This is harmonious, supple, unshowy and unforced. Hailing from old vines and delicately textured despite the abundance of fruit concentration. Refined tannins with the finest of gravelly textures, akin to licking a stone. Scented yet restrained, with a fragrance of sweet red fruit, tea leaf and cedar spices with persistent acidity that carries it. Very complete and already approachable. Drinking window: 2023-2038. 96 points

    Ata Rangi is one of New Zealand’s most respected Pinot Noir producers, offering nuance and complexity.The wines always manage balance ripeness of fruit with a delicate hand, extricating fine tannins. Long-time winemaker Helen Masters nails it every year whither the season. Several single vineyard cuvées have come on stream in recent years. The Kotinga, planted on gravel, is a bright, sappy style, while the McCrone, off clay-rich soils, is more robust, full and structured, taking longer to come around. Masters’ Pinot Noir from clay gravels also has a sense of structure and fragrance. The so-called entry-level Crimson provides a well-priced taste of fine Martinborough Pinot Noir.”

    Rebecca Gibb, Vinous (04/23)

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  • Clos Henri Otira Glacial Stones Sauvignon Blanc 2022

    £24.95

    “The 2022 Otira Glacial Stones Sauvignon Blanc leads with a nose rich in minerals and geology; it is inescapable. River stones, wet limestone and beach sand are found alongside green apple skins, yuzu, saltbush, preserved citrus and brine. This wine is sensational, truly. It is layered, both in terms of flavor and texture, long, satisfying and svelte. Ripping wine. I highly recommend this wine of pure class. Drink: 2023-2033. 95 points”

    Erin Larkin, Wine Advocate (11/23)

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  • Clos Henri Sauvignon Blanc 2019

    £21.99

    “A supple, full-bodied Sauvignon Blanc that fills the mouth with its floral scent. Sauvignon’s angular frame is softened by an additional layer of savory complexity due to partial maturation in French oak barrels and aging on fine lees. The finish is a little tough, however; firm acidity combined with what seems to be a phenolic edge somewhat detracts from an otherwise gorgeous wine. Drinking window: 2020-2024. 89 points

    The Kiwi venture from Sancerre’s Bourgeois family brings a French flavor to vineyard maintenance with European-esque plant densities and dry farming as well as organic viticulture. Their flagship cuvées focus on restraint and texture rather than aromatic flamboyance.”

    Rebecca Gibb, Vinous (11/20)

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  • Clos Henri Waimaunga Pinot Noir 2020

    £30.95

    “The Bourgeois family (Henri Bourgeois estate, Sancerre) has generations of winemaking history in France and was looking for another place in the world to establish a Sauvignon Blanc and Pinot Noir vineyard. The obvious choice was Marlborough, New Zealand. The Clos Henri Vineyard was planted in 2000, and it was very interesting to me, during my visit in September 2023, to discover that the vineyard has been planted on a fault line, determining micro terroirs within the vineyard.

    This 2020 Waimaunga Pinot Noir is from a single-vineyard plot within the estate and was grown on wind-blown clays. On the nose, this is rich and complex, with pomegranate molasses, crushed black pepper, hints of Earl Grey tea, red apple skins and cherry pip. In the mouth, the wine is excellent. There is complex, layered tannin with supple fruit that flows through, in and around the textural undulation. Classy to the very end. Highly recommended. 14.5% alcohol, sealed under Diam. Drink: 2023-2035. 94+ points”

    Erin Larkin, Wine Advocate (11/23)

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  • Dry River Chardonnay 2020

    £59.95

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  • Dry River Lovat Vineyard Syrah 2016

    £54.99

    “Already throwing out considerable sediment, the 2016 Lovat Vineyard Syrah became a vibrant purple hue in the glass. Violets and cracked pepper make for an enticing nose, and that’s backed by blueberries and blackberries on the palate. It’s medium-bodied but intense, with just-ripe tannins and bright acids that give the wine a precise, elegant feel and lengthy finish. One of two great Syrahs from Martinborough (the other being Kusuda’s), it should drink well for a decade or more. Drink: 2021-2030. 94 points”

    Joe Czerwinski, Wine Advocate (04/20)

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  • Dry River Pinot Noir 2017

    £72.95

    “The striking thing about Dry River’s 2017 Pinot Noir is its rose-blossom perfume, which seems to persist even on the palate and through the lengthy finish. Yes, there are barely-ripe cherries, a silky, medium-bodied feel on the palate and subtle hints of mocha and spice, but the overwhelming impression is one of floral elegance. While some vintages of this wine need time in the cellar, this is immediately approachable, yet it should drink well for up to decade. Drink: 2020-2030. 93 points”

    Joe Czerwinski, Wine Advocate (04/20)

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  • Villa Maria Attorney Pinot Noir 2019

    £53.95

    Marlborough Pinot ain’t what it used to be, and for that I’m glad. The 2019 Pinot Noir Attorney is a limited-edition cuvée made for the 60th anniversary of the company’s first vintage in 1961. Sourced from the Attorney vineyard in Marlborough, hence the wine’s name, this conservative young wine needs air; while offering raspberry and balsamic notes, it is a touch reductive on opening. Densely concentrated with a silken and mouthfilling texture, which is probably a reflection of its clay-based hillside site; the veil of fine-grained tannins offsets the charming, ripe palate with textured, dry grip. In combination with its naturally fresh acidity, the wine is sensuous and seductive but avoids being opulent; it remains focused and enjoys a long tenure in the mouth. (It’s also great for doing bicep curls due to the weight of the bottle.) For those who are interested, it was wild-fermented in French oak (35% new) and matured in barrel for more than a year before being bottled unfiltered. Drinking window: 2024-2032. 94 points”

    Rebecca Gibb, Vinous (04/22)

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  • Villa Maria Keltern Chardonnay 2022

    £33.95

    “The Chardonnay Keltern is Villa Maria’s iconic Chardonnay, but in 2022, it’s not quite in top form. There’s substance in its core and the fruit is well handled, offering clarity and precision. It offers a combination of acidity and phenolics that create power and structure on the finish. However, having picked earlier than normal, it somewhat lacks the flavor development and richness we’ve become accustomed to. There’s no change in the oak regime, but it feels a little overt compared to the fruit weight in this vintage and the integration is not quite there. Maybe time will help? It’s still a wine that has depth and texture, but we’ve come to expect so much from this cuvée that when it’s not singing, we’re looking to find faults. Many New Zealand wineries can only dream of achieving this quality in a good vintage, let alone a challenging one. Drinking window: 2024-2030. 91 points

    With the latest releases, Villa Maria introduces two new cuvées. The most impressive is the Sauvignon Blanc Woven, an ambitious, wild-fermented, wood-fermented, lees-aged expression. The first vintage is 2021. There is also a new single-vineyard cuvée from Marlborough’s Waihopai Valley, the Sauvignon Blanc Bankhouse, which hails from the 2022 vintage – thus, judgment is better passed when a kinder vintage comes along. The 2023s are certainly a relief to taste after the 2022s, and the Sauvignon Blanc Reserve Clifford Bay always seems to deliver. The flagship Chardonnay, Keltern, from the Hawke’s Bay region, is usually one to savor, and while it has done its best in 2022, it doesn’t quite hit top form.”

    Rebecca Gibb, Vinous (04/24)

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