2018 Ata Rangi Celebre Red Blend

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Enticing Merlot/ Syrah dominant blend from an iconic NZ producer, ripe and deep.
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Pinot rightfully grabs the Ata Rangi limelight but in the warmer years such as 2018 they release an attractive and powerful red blend, the 'Celebre'.

Merlot and Syrah have the lion's share of the blend, with some Malbec and Cab Franc also included. The earlier ripening Syrah is made separately, and the later ripening 'Bordeaux' blends are fermented together. It's all aged in quality French oak for almost two years.

It's a spicy, gamey red rich with plum and cassis flavours and a concentrated, mid-tannic finish. The overall feel is one of glossy class, and a wine that would behave well in a cellar for the next 5-8 years.

2018 was a warm vintage that served well for the later ripening varietals that make up this special blend. The 2018 Celebre is a blend of Merlot 47%, Syrah 41% and small portions of Malbec & Cabernet Franc at 6% each. The Merlot and Malbec portions are from vines planted in 1984 and 1986, they portions were the stars of this vintage with the slightly warmer nights delivering depth of flavour and fully ripe tannins that we don’t achieve every vintage.


A full and enticing nose of aromas; blueberry and boysenberry tempered by darker spice flavours of cocoa nib and black cardamom, add to that complex savoury notes of manuka bark and sundried tomatoes. The palate sweeps in with flavours of cranberry and a mineral sensation that lingers through the length of the palate. The tannins are ripe and balanced. An impressive release of this wine, delicious drinking now but with a concentration and structure that will allow this wine to further evolve.

95 Points - "A blend of merlot, syrah, malbec, and cabernet franc made only in the warmest vintages (no wine in 2017 and 2012. An elegant, warming wine, with appealing fruit sweetness and an attractive mix of plum, cranberry, five-spice, dark chocolate and spicy oak flavours. Good now but with a promising future." - Bob Campbell (The Real Review)

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    A Merlot dominant red with class. I loved it .

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