The Akarua Vineyard is a unique site, comprising 52 ha, including 34.5 ha of vines nestled in the foothills of the mountains, along the Kawarau River and amidst stunning scenery. Located in the Central Otago region of Bannockburn, it is set in three west facing terraces and enjoys full year-round sunshine. This exceptional terroir offers a great expression of pinot noir, as a reflection of the spectacular mountains that surround the property. Akarua means "two vines" in Maori, referring to the original grape varieties planted in 1995 by Sir Clifford Skeggs: pinot noir and chardonnay. They already represent 78.5% and 2% of the share, respectively, plus some Pinot Gris and Riesling.
Beautiful deep ruby color
The nose reveals notes of ripe raspberries, cassis and gunflint.
Then the palate brings us black plum and ripe black cherry with notes of wet leaves, wood fire and smoked mushrooms. Chalky tannins accompanied by lively minerality prolong this beautiful sensory experience in the finish.
Pinot Noir 2021 can be enjoyed on its own as an aperitif or accompanied by white meats or with Brie cheese.
Between 14 and 16°C
PROTECTED/CONTROLLED NAME OF ORIGIN:
Central Otago - Bannockburn