Akitu, A1, Pinot Noir, Central Otago, New Zealand
Dark juicy plum, spiced cherry, cinnamon and subtle anise characters are woven into the tactile structure. A velvety yet lively texture and a mouthwatering finish.
Akitu's A1 (black label) Pinot Noir is the estate's top Pinot, boasting intense plum and cherry fruit to the fore, with floral aromatics and dried herbs adding interest - from a multi-award winning Pinot estate renowned across the globe.
Fruit for the A1 Pinot was sourced from Akitu's twelve hectares of vineyards situated at altitude (380 metres above sea level) in the premium Central Otago winegrowing , in a stunning location, right up against the Southern Alps, which brings real finesse and elegance to the wine.
Akitu (lit. summit in Maori) focuses purely on Pinot Noir; obsessive in their drive to craft the finest and most representative wines from a fabulous terroirs in a stunning location near Lake Wanaka, in New Zealand's South Island.
TROPHY (New Zealand Pinot Noir) - International Wine Challenge 2018
TROPHY (New Zealand Red) - International Wine Challenge 2018
TROPHY (Central Otago & Wanaka Pinot Noir) - International Wine Challenge 2018
GOLD MEDAL - International Wine Challenge 2018
94 POINTS - Decanter Magazine ("New Zealand Pinot Noir for your Cellar" by Anne Krebiehl MW), May 2018
18.5/20 POINTS (5 STARS) - Raymond Chan Wine Reviews, Dec 2017
Spiced cherry primary fruit and dusty dried herb aromas, giving way to dark plum fruit characters with a background of brown spices and leafy complexity. Dark juicy plum drives a generous entry to the palate, and the spiced cherry element adds great focus and length of flavour. Cinnamon and subtle anise characters are woven into the tactile structure. A tannin backbone complements juicy acidity, giving a velvety yet lively texture and a mouthwatering finish.