In the south of New Zealand there lies a beautiful and powerful place called Central Otago. This land, dominated by rivers and mountains and shaped by glaciers, has become the most intriguing place in the new world to grow Pinot noir... Akitu, in the Maori language, means the summit, the apex or the highest point, which is a fitting name given their vines are 380 metres above sea level. In short, they are right up there, right on the grape growing edge, against the Alps and in the southern most wine-making region on earth. Their entire vineyard is dedicated to the fickle mistress, Pinot Noir and the very best of their harvest makes Akitu. Extraordinarily, they have waited over a decade for their vines to settle and to start to present their wonderful true character. Their inaugural 2012 vintage was an immediate sell-out in New Zealand and the latest vintages are award-winning.