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Akitu Black Label A1 2018

Akitu Black Label A1 2018

  • Pinot Noir
  • New Zealand, 750ml
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“Light, fresh and fragrant pinot noir with floral, spice, red cherry and subtle fresh herb flavours. Youthful but approachable with good potential for bottle development. The wine has an appealing and ethereal texture.” Bob Campbell MW

  • Winery: Akitu
  • Varietal: Pinot Noir
  • Region: Central Otago, New Zealand
  • Vintage: 2018
  • Alcohol: 14%
  • Volume: 750ml
  • Closure: Screwcap
  • Food pairing: Chicken & duck; lamb & mild sausage; tuna & salmon; mushroom risotto; mushroom & light-medium red sauces; brie & goats cheese

“Estate-grown 380 metres above sea level at Mt Barker, in the Wanaka sub-region, the barrel-aged 2018 vintage is a very elegant red, full of youthful drive. Ruby hued, mouthfilling and sweet-fruited, it is silky and savoury, with cherryish, spicy, nutty flavours, showing excellent poise and complexity. This wine is a Classic.” 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.

  • 95/100 Points - Jamie Goode, Wine Anorak
  • 93/100 Points - Rebecca Gibb MW, Vinous
  • 92/100 Points - Bob Campbell MW
  • 5 Stars - Michael Cooper
  • 95/100 – Decanter (2017 vintage)
  • 94/100 – Cameron Douglas MS (2017 vintage)
  • 93/100 – Robert Parker’s Wine Advocate (2017 vintage)

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