Akarua, RUA Central Otago Pinot Noir, 2021
Region: Central Otago, New Zealand
Bottle size: 75cl
Grape: Pinot Noir
Notes: Vegetarian; Vegan
This wine displays lifted perfumes of Christmas cake spices along with bramble, lavender and wild thyme. The palate is vibrant and concentrated with a red berry fruit character and darker notes of blackberries and black cherries. Soft silken tannins, a bright structural acidity and stony mineral thread linger on the finish.
Grapes were sourced from three Akarua Estate vineyards. The Bannockburn vines are approximately 24 years old and grow at 270 metres above sea level on a north west facing sloping glacial terrace. The vines are planted on alluvial, sandy loam-based soils overlaying schist bedrock
The Skeggs family were among the first people to buy and plant vineyard land in Central Otago in the mid 1990s, so were lucky enough to acquire a superb north-facing site in Bannockburn. Planted in 1996, this 50-hectare site has since provided the backbone of the Akarua wines. Due to the short growing season in Central Otago, site selection is one of the key elements in making a great wine, and Akarua have a site that is among the very best.