Selected for the 2020 Fine Wines of New Zealand List
Winery notes (2019 Vintage)
"The 2019 vintage of Akarua Pinot Noir is a return to a generously structured wine of richness, concentration, length and complexity. Vine age continues to play an increasingly important part, as the flavours in the fruit reflect a picture of the vineyards in a complex and delicious way.
Deep and bright ruby. Complex nose of red plums, black cherries and vintage roses; with earthy notes and garrigue – brambles, wild thyme, heather, rosehip and crushed herbs. The palate structure is rich and concentrated, the acids are juicy yet fine and the supple tannins enhance a long spice-laden finish of star anise, fennel seeds and Szechuan pepper."
94/100 Cameron Douglas MS (2019 Vintage)
"Seductive, ripe, fruity, floral and varietal with aromas of sweet dark red cherry and dried raspberry and a medley of minerality and sweet oak spices. Equally seductive and ripe on the palate with flavours that mirror the nose plus plum, clove, vanilla and thyme. An abundance of fine tannins, medium+ acidity and lengthy youthful finish. Delicious and well made."
5 Stars & 18.5/20 Candice Chow for Raymond Chan Reviews (2019 Vintage)
"The nose is elegantly powerful with classic Central Otago Pinot Noir nuances of black and red cherries, blackberries and blueberries, entwined with dark herbs, thyme, black pepper and toasty oak spice details. Full-bodied, dark cherries with bramble along with dark herbs and oak spices. The fruit is rich and intense in aromas, interweaved with fine-grained tannin extraction, providing support alongside toasty oak and alcohol power. Complexing details of dark herbs, spices and earth unfolding as its aerated. Warming alcohol carries spices and liquorice to a lengthy and robust finish."