Akitu A2 Pinot Noir

Akitu A2 Pinot Noir

  • Pinot Noir
  • New Zealand, 750ml

"Intensity, an immediacy and engaging bouquet with a red fruit and savoury core, some wild dry herb, red apple skin, cherry and intense minerality. The oak message is distinctive yet mild with a salted cashew nut and spice combination. On the palate - tense, youthful, firm, fruity, savoury and dry. All the flavours suggested on the nose come alive on the palate, but this wine also needs time to integrate more to find its true balance. Firm tannins and medium+ acidity offer a strong foundation. A lovely wine with medium-minus weight, but lovely intensity and flavour." Cam Douglas

  • Winery: Akitu
  • Varietal: Pinot Noir
  • Region: Central Otago, New Zealand
  • Vintage: 2019
  • Alcohol: 13.5%
  • Volume: 750ml
  • Closure: Screwcap
  • Other: Sustainable Winegrowing, contains sulphites, cellar potential to 2028
  • Food pairing: Chicken & duck; lamb & mild sausage; tuna & salmon; mushroom risotto; mushroom & light-medium red sauces; brie & goats cheese

"Grown at high altitude at Mt Barker, in the Wanaka sub-region, the 2018 vintage (4.5*) was designed as a 'highly drinkable wine of unthinkable quality'. Matured in French oak casks, it is a bright ruby, attractively scented red, with strong, ripe, cherryish, spicy, nutty flavours, fresh acidity, and loads of drink-young charm." Michael Cooper

Akitu, in the Maori language, means the summit, the apex or the highest point. We called our wine that because at 380 metres above sea level we are right up there, right on the grape growing edge, against the alps and in the southern most winemaking region on earth. Here Akitu's entire vineyard is dedicated to Pinot Noir – that’s all thats grown, the very best of the harvest makes Akitu.

The vineyard has been laid out in 6 sections: planted in 2002. Akitu have 45,000 vines in 12 hectares of Pinot Noir, planted across the vineyard according to soil and aspect. Over the years Akitu has watched these 12 different plants settle and begin to express wonderfully diverse characters. They respond to weather conditions and the evolution of each vintage, quite differently and present Akitu with a rich palette of choice come blending time.

94/100 Points - Jamie Goode, Wine Anorak (2019 vintage)
94/100 Points - Cameron Douglas MS (2019 vintage)
93/100 Points - Bob Campbell MW (2019 vintage)
92/100 Points - James Suckling (2019 vintage)
94/100 Points & Excellent - Cam Douglas MS (2018 vintage)
4.5 Stars - Michael Cooper (2018 vintage)
94/100 Points - Cam Douglas MS (2017 vintage)
92/100 Points - Decanter (2017 vintage)
91/100 Points - Robert Parker’s Wine Advocate (2017 vintage)

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