Crimson is characterised by dark cherry fruit and earthy complexity; the product of a warm vintage that delivered a wonderful spread of tannins from both the skins and the ripe, nut-brown seeds. There are savoury, gamey notes as well as hints of crushed rose petals on the nose, altogether more evocative of Burgundy than typical, fruit-forward New World pinots. The palate has a long, satisfying, flavoursome finish.
No one would disagree that Ata Rangi is one of the country's star producers. Crimson is Ata Rangi's second label for wine made from younger vines, ten to twenty years old. Lip-smackingly good now, it has marvelous complexity, especially for a "second" wine, with an engaging mixture of sweet and savory elements. Crimson reflects just how great a producer Ata Rangi is.