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Akarua Bannockburn Pinot Noir 2017

26 July,2018

The developments at Akarua in Bannockburn, Central Otago continue. Akarua is one of the largest vineyard owners with over 120 ha including the ‘Home’ block at Cairnmuir, plantings in Felton Road, Lowburn, and Kawarau, the company recently added the 25 Steps vines to the holdings, and now the Pisa Range vineyard which has some of the oldest Pinot Noir vines in the district. General manager Kathryn Pettiit reports that this could be a vineyard that suited to organic conversion. The breadth of vineyard resource gives even greater options in winemaking now,

Also, winemaker Andrew Keenlyside has made a new wine ‘Pinot Rouge by Akarua’ especially for the on-premise market, an early release 2018 vintage wine made with minimal intervention and very low inputs including very low sulphur. Akarua have responded to the demand for this style of wine which adventurous sommeliers are supporting. However, Akarua remains true to making classical Bannockburn Pinot Noir as its signature wine, a label that has seen numerous gold medal and trophy awards. Here, I review the latest release, the 2017 vintage. www.akarua.com


Akarua Bannockburn Central Otago Pinot Noir 2017

Pinot Noir from New Zealand – Otago


Dark, deep ruby-red colour with purple hues, a little lighter on the rim and youthful in appearance. The nose is elegantly presented with a fine core of ripe dark-red cherry and plum fruit along with nuances of spice, dark herbs and a little toasty oak. The aromatics harmoniously unfold detail and layers of interest. Medium-full bodied, the palate has a finely proportioned palate with an elegant heart of ripe dark cherry, berry and plum fruit, with harmoniously integrated flavours of Middle Eastern spices, dark herbs and a little toasty oak. The fruit richness is balanced by lacy acidity and underlined by fine-grained tannin extraction and structure, and the wine carries to a long lingering spicy finish. This is a finely proportioned Pinot Noir with dark cherry, berry and plum fruit along with spice and toasty oak detail on a fine-structured palate. Serve with Asian and Middle Eastern cuisine over the next 5+ years. 60% clones 5, 6, 13, 115 from the home ‘Cairnmuir’ vineyard and 40% clones 5, 777, 667, 115 and 113 from the company’s ‘Felton Road’ vineyard, vines 21 y.o., fully destemmed and fermented, partially with indigenous yeasts to 14.0% alc., the wine aged 10 months in 29% French oak barriques. 18.5/20 Jul 2018 RRP $42.00

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