Akarua, Pinot Noir, Central Otago, New Zealand
"Earthy, loamy notes and hints of cola and black cherry...leaning more toward savory than fruity...a steakhouse Pinot Noir." robertparker.com
Akarua's Pinot Noir from the Cairnmuir and Felton Road vineyards in the Bannockburn sub-region of Central Otago.
This premium fine wine region is mountainous, rising to over 2000 metres, and the vines are planted in spectacular alpine scenery. Here, the philosophy is to reflect the special characters of the Bannockburn sub-regions terroirs, and capture the unique qualities of each Pinot vintage so that they are truly reflected in each bottle.
The wine was aged for 10 months in French barriques (30% of which were new) to gain further complexity and structure.
Akarua winery is one of the largest family-owned vineyards in Central Otago; producing 100% estate-grown, award-winning New Zealand wines across two sub-regions under winemaker Andrew Keenleyside. The estate is currently under the second generation of the Skeggs family, who were amongst the first pioneers of the region and secured a premium north-facing Bannockburn vineyard site.
Sustainability is core to the estates ethos, including water conservation and, and Akarua has accredited status as a sustainable producer.
"Earthy, loamy notes and hints of cola and black cherry appear on the nose of Akarua's Bannockburn Pinot Noir. It's impressively colored and extracted, leaning more toward savory than fruity, with noticeable tannins on the medium to full-bodied palate. A bit chunky in style, it's flavourful and sturdy—something of a steakhouse Pinot Noir." robertparker.com
89 Points - robertparker.com
Gold-International Wine Challenge 2019
Gold-Sommelier Wine Awards 2019
Aromas of sweet spice mingle with dark fruit and an underlying earthiness. The palate is well-balanced with red and black fruits, spices and a brambly earthiness. Finely textured tannins lead to a persistent and elegant finish. Overall, this vintage shows the classically intense black fruit flavours, complexity, and fine tannins of which Pinot Noir from Central Otago is renowned.