Ataahua Wines - North Canterbury Winery

Pinot Noir

Pinot Noir


The Pinot Noir grapes for this wine are grown on vines over 20 years of age, from a variety of clones – including our original 10/5, plus 114 and 115.The grapes for this wine were hand-harvested when the fruit was ripe, and in excellent condition. The growing season was slightly cooler than the previous year, which allowed complex flavours to develop fully by the later harvest.Following a warm fermentation in one tonne vats with regular daily plunging, and three weeks resting on skins post fermentation, this wine was gently pressed. The following 12 months maturation -in seasoned French oak barrels- has allowed the wine to complete the secondary fermentation, which means the tannin softens and integrates into the wine. Blending and bottling followed this.
This Pinot Noir has a bouquet of sweet berry fruit, and cherries. With notes of earthy forest floor and mushrooms, the palate is elegantly well balanced with fine tannins and boasts a lingering finish. This is delicious when served with many red meat dishes, and is particularly good with duck or a rich mushroom risotto. The flavours in this wine develop beautifully in the wine glass.
Review by Michael Cooper in WINESTATE Magazine Australasia September 2021 issue

Ataahua Waipara Pinot Noir 2019 ****½ (4½ stars)
This attractive North Canterbury red was matured for 10 months in seasoned oak barrels. Bright ruby, it is a refined, savoury wine, mouthfilling and supple, with youthful, ripe cherry, plum and spice flavours, a hint of herbs, good complexity and a finely textured finish. Best drinking 2023+.

Review by Sam Kim of WINE ORBIT : International Wine Judge and Critic

Ataahua Waipara Pinot Noir 2019 93pts (5 stars)
Gorgeously fruited and perfumed, the inviting bouquet shows dark plum, dark cherry, violet, almond and dried herb notes, leading to a finely textured palate delivering excellent fruit purity together with refined mouthfeel and silky tannins. Beautifully composed and expressed. At its best: now to 2026. Feb 2021.

Ataahua Waipara Pinot Noir 2018 91pts (4.5stars)
It’s sweetly fruited and delightfully savoury on the nose, showing dark cherry, vanilla, mushroom and toasted nut characters. The palate delivers lovely weight and roundness, together with silky texture and fine tannins, finishing long and velvety. At its best: now to 2023. Oct 2020.

Review by Bob Campbell of THE REAL REVIEW : International Wine Judge and Critic

Ataahua 2018 Pinot Noir 93/100
Ethereal pinot noir with impressive purity and red fruits, floral, violet, five-spice and delicately nutty oak flavours. A deliciously approachable wine, with an appealing lightness and underlying power.

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