Akitu Black Label A2 2017
- Pinot Noir
- New Zealand, 750ml
Plummy dark fruit with considerable depth and concentration, complemented by subtle airy herbs with a sprig of thyme and integrated brown spice overlay. Aromatic complexity and density with lift and bright cherry like fruit. Silky tannins and bright but supporting acidity give vitality and energy. Savoury exit with length.
- 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
A wine to enjoy today through to 2026.
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 – Cameron Douglas MS
- 92/100 – Decanter
- 91/100 – Robert Parker’s Wine Advocate
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