Bob Campbell MW rated this wine a 98, and claimed it as the best Ata Rangi he had tasted. Unfortunately for the reader, I am not Bob Campbell, and I tasted this wine in a blind line-up, that tasting approach that is as cruel as it is fair. Though, the accompanying duck was something of a giveaway of the grape variety, though not being a duck from Ata Rangi itself, it was harder to be more specific. This wine had an absolutely superb aroma. Everything you could ever want in a pinot noir. Evident cherries, undergrowth, ripe fruit, a touch of oak. I absolutely loved it – too pure and extravagant to be an “old world” wine. But, sorry, there’s a but. The palate did not meet the extravagant promises made. Now, it was very good, with similar flavours, some acidity and spice, but it was lacking in a bit of persistence and mouth filling depth for my palate. The aroma was so good though, I’ll give it a high score anyway. Here are notes from the winery: 88 points (7.3/10).