Akarua Brut and Rosé Brut, Rua 2015 and Pinot Noir 2013

The Skeggs family noted for their successful shipping, seafood, property and tourism businesses, with a long association with Central Otago, established Akarua by purchasing land and establishing vines in 1995. In typical Skeggs family fashion, Akarua has been grown significantly from a significant start to even greater things in two decades. The heart of the operation is the original 48 ha Cairnmuir Road vineyard planted predominantly to Pinot Noir, with smaller blocks of Chardonnay, Pinot Gris and Riesling. It is also the site of the winery, built in 1999 with a 300 tonne capacity. In 2014, the company purchased a 21 ha vineyard in Felton Road, planted to Pinot Noir with small amounts of Pinot Gris and Riesling, and a 14 ha vineyard in Lowburn, devoted to Pinot Noir.

Pinot Noir has been the focus of Akarua, and the wines have proven to be very successful and can be counted among the best of Central Otago, having won many gold medals and trophies. As well as the value ‘Rua’ Pinot Noir and super-premium ‘The Siren’ Pinot Noir, the Akarua range encompasses Pinot Gris, Chardonnay and Riesling, and Rosé variants. However, a number of innovative wines have lifted Akarua to another level, most notably a range of method traditionnelle wines released to the market at the start of 2012, made with the consultation of Dr Tony Jordan, and some unique, specialist dessert wines. Long serving winemaker Matt Connell left recently to pursue his own venture, with his assistant Andrew Keenlyside, with the company since 2009 taking over the Akarua winery. Here, I review the new NV Methode Traditionnelle wines, the 2015 ‘Rua’ Pinot Noir and 2013 Pinot Noir. www.akarua.com


  • Akarua Central Otago Methode Traditionnelle Brut NV
  • Akarua Central Otago Methode Traditionnelle Rosé Brut NV
  • Akarua ‘Rua’ Central Otago Pinot Noir 2015
  • Akarua Bannockburn Central Otago Pinot Noir 2013

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