Event information

  • Wed

    Tasting - Ata Rangi

    7:45 - 9:45 pm

    Location: Johnsonville Community Centre Hall, 30 Moorefield Rd, Johnsonville, Wellington 6037 - Directions
    Entry fee: Members $14, Guests $18
    Presenter: Keith Tibble

     With just nine wines in their range, along with occasional releases of limited-volume offerings for mail order customers, they feel it's possible to stay 'hands-on' and to give both vines and wines the attention they deserve. In all their wines they aim for fine balance, with structures and textures that deliver far more satisfying, almost more savoury, mouth-filling experiences than wines that rely mainly on youth and 'pretty' aromatics.

    Clive Paton sampling
    Clive Paton sampling

    Ata Rangi produces two Pinots, the renowned Ata Rangi Pinot Noir and an earlier-drinking style called 'Crimson', named for the charitable conservation trust Project Crimson which sales help to support. Not in this tasting Célèbre is their very own 'Rhone-meets-Bordeaux', an enduringly popular Merlot/Syrah/Cabernet blend first produced in a lean-to shed in 1986!

    Two Chardonnays are included in the line-up; the silky, seamless, elegant Craighall from 28 year-old Mendoza clone vines, and the more vibrant, juicy, 'fully self-expressed' Petrie Chardonnay from a stony block 30 km north. This site has a slightly cooler run, reflected in the wine's fine minerality.

    On the aromatic side, a deliciously complex Sauvignon Blanc delivers riper flavours and more textural interest than the average Kiwi Sauvignon. The Lismore Pinot Gris is picked late in the season and crafted in a typically Alsatian style. The delightful Summer Rosé exudes fresh berry and watermelon crunch while, for those that prefer it, the pièce de résistance is our luscious botrytised Riesling named 'Kahu', Maori for the harrier hawk that roosts in the neighbouring vineyard of the same name.

    The offering on the night will include, come and enjoy;

    • 2016 Lismore Pinot Gris (Conversational wine)
    • 2015 Petrie Chardonnay
    • 2015 Craighall Chardonnay
    • 2015 Crimson Pinot Noir
    • 2014 Ata Rangi Pinot Noir
    • 2013 McCrone Pinot Noir
    • 2016 Kahu Botrytis Riesling


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Member prize draw

whenAt each meeting, there is a members’ prize draw, but you must be present to win. We also have a raffle draw each tasting with the prize of a bottle of wine. Purchase your tickets at the door and be in to win.

Drinking and driving

Members will be aware of the lowering of drink/drive limits from December 2014. If unsure read the Land Transport Amendment Act (no 2) 2014. We ask members to be conscious of these limits. For those driving, water and some food are provided or think about a designated driver, taxi, uber or dial-a-driver to get you home safely.

Wine bottle screw caps

Anne is collecting them to give to the Lions organised Kan Tabs for Kids. No food lids or beer tops, please. Save and bring them to the next monthly meeting.