Akitu ‘A1’ and ‘A2’ Central Otago Pinot Noir 2015

Akitu is the Central Otago Pinot Noir wine venture of Andrew Donaldson. Andrew established 12 ha of Pinot Noir with 45,000 vines to 6 clones on Maxwell Road, Mt Barker near Wanaka in 2002 and 2003, releasing his first vintage with the 2012s, the wine made by PJ Charteris at the nearby Maude facility. I have not tasted those inaugural wines but I’ve enjoyed the 2013s (click here to see my reviews) and the 2014s (click here to see my reviews), and reckon this is a label to watch.

Here, I review the 2015s, from a more challenging growing season. After budburst, October and November proved to be very cold with spring frosts. Flowering was later than usual with rain causing uneven fruit set. The weather improved afterwards with hot and dry periods through January to April with more mild temperatures running to a late harvest at the start of May. The resultant wines are reckoned to be a little lighter than the 2013s and 2014s, showing elegance and the acidity from a cooler growing season, and the team at Akitu are pleased with them. Here are my reviews. www.akitu.co.nz


  • Akitu ‘ ‘A2’ Central Otago Pinot Noir 2015
  • Akitu ‘ ‘A1’ Central Otago Pinot Noir 2015

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