Akarua Pinot Noir 2015

100% Pinot Noir from the Cairnmuir and Felton Road vineyards in the Bannockburn sub-region of Central Otago.

Fruit was hand picked and 90% destemmed. Pre-fermentation maceration took place over five days, with temperatures peaking at 31°C. Punch downs took place twice daily and post fermentation maceration lasted 6 days. The wine spent 10 months in French barriques, 30% of which were new.

Winemaker's Comments

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 typically intense black fruit flavours, complexity, and fine tannins that Pinot Noir from this region is renowned for. 

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    • Decanter World Wine Awards
    • New Zealand International Wine Show
    • WineState Magazine
    TROPHY (Champion Pinot Noir) - New Zealand International Wine Show 2016
    TROPHY (Best Australian/NZ Pinot Noir) - Winestate Magazine Awards 2016
    GOLD MEDAL - Decanter World Wine Awards 2017
    BLUE GOLD MEDAL - Sydney International Wine Competition 2017
    5 STARS & POTENTIAL CLASSIC (Overall Rating) - Michael Cooper Buyer's Guide to NZ Wines
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    95 POINTS - Cameron Douglas MS Wine Reviews, Dec 2016