Akitu Black Label A1 2017
- Pinot Noir
- New Zealand, 750ml
This A1 Pinot Noir starts off with intoxicating scents of roses, dried spices and tea-like nuance. A blend that offers rich, deep, plummy fruit on the medium to full-bodied palate yet remains silky and airy in feel, ending with hints of dried herbs on the long, elegant finish.
- Winery: Akitu
- Varietal: Pinot Noir
- Region: Central Otago, New Zealand
- Vintage: 2017
- 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
Plenty of ageing potential, clearly showing the direction in which top Otago Pinot Noirs are headed.
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 – Decanter
- 94/100 – Cameron Douglas MS
- 93/100 – Robert Parker’s Wine Advocate
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