Akarua ‘Rua’ Pinot Noir 2018 - Central Otago

Akarua ‘Rua’ Pinot Noir 2018 - Central Otago


The Story

First established in 1996 in Central Otago's Bannockburn region, Akarua today boasts the largest privately-owned estate in Central Otago, and they have recently added to their holdings. Akarua now have an impressive five vineyards in Central Otago, 123 ha in total across Pisa and Bannockburn. Of this hefty vineyard ownership, 94.36 ha (to be very exact) are currently under production. The majority of the vine-yards are planted in their signature Pinot Noir. Wines are 'hard won' from soils that are mostly broken schist and sand. There are extremes of hot and cold with frosts in winter, and dry nor'westers that devigorate the vines.

M+Q Notes

Deep and bright ruby.

Multi-faceted nose of blood plums and red cherries; with star anise, nutmeg and cinnamon; and garrigue - brambles, wild thyme, heather, rosehip and crushed herbs. The palate structure is lithe; the acids are juicy yet taut, and the fine supple tannins lengthen the smoky mineral finish. The flavour spectrum finishes with earthy notes from the vineyards - schist gravels and river pebbles.

Food Suggestion

Slow roasted lamb shoulder

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