Akitu A1 Central Otago Pinot Noir 2013

Central Otago
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£28.95 per bottle
OUT OF STOCK

At last, we have received our favourite New Zealand Pinot Noir, which has already received a plethora of awards, namely Gold from IWC (International Wine Challenge) and it’s been another sell-out back home. 

Chiselled, brooding with wonderful purity and finesse. The fruit is sweet and succulently ripe, with a tight core of black cherry and berry fruits. The palate is perfectly balanced as it glides effortlessly across the mouth, intense rather than powerful with a graceful finish.

Taste & Aroma

Score:96

A restrained nose compared to the 2012 yet beautifully focused. The core fruit is dark plums and cherry with spicy whole bunch layers blanketing the fruit aromatics. This is a great platform from which, with time, the bouquet will evolve brilliantly. The palate has a juicy entry but is tightly wound with subtle oak (1% new French oak). Chiselled and sculptured tannins tamed by tight fine acidity - Time and development will bring greatness here - 5 to 10 years but it is difficult to resist now (decant for 1 to 2 hours).

Stuart McCloskey

Producer

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.

Akitu Wines

Region

Central Otago is a beautiful and powerful place situated on the South Island of New Zealand with land dominated by rivers and mountains and shaped by glaciers. Part of the Otago region, the climate here goes from one extreme to the other and is the coldest yet driest part of the country which allows for a deep concentration of fruit flavours in the grapes. In this region vines are planted in desert conditions, however the plethora of rivers running through make it ideal for vineyard irrigation. Riesling, Pinot Gris and Pinot Noir all grow incredibly well in this area.

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