Akitu A1 Central Otago Pinot Noir 2014

Central Otago
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£28.95 per bottle
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19/20 Points - Raymond Chan

Full, dark, deep ruby-red colour with slight purple hues, lighter on edge. 

This has a full and voluminous nose with ethereal aromas of ripe black berried fruit, black and violet floral perfumes, along with earthy and mineral elements, all harmoniously entwined with savoury, stalky whole bunch complexities.  The aromatics are refined in expression, and unfold to reveal a concentrated heart.  Medium-full bodied, the fruit is sweet and succulently ripe, with a tight core of black cherry and berry fruits integrated with liquorice elements, whole bunch stalk notes and ethereal violet florals.

Very fine-grained tannins provide an elegantly proportioned structure and grip, and the mouthfeel is enlivened by fresh, lacy acidity.  Subtle and complex nuances of earth and minerals emerge to add detail and the wine leads to a long, succulently sweet, lingering finish.

Taste & Aroma

Score:19

Full, dark, deep ruby-red colour with slight purple hues, lighter on edge.  This has a full and voluminous nose with ethereal aromas of ripe black berried fruit, black and violet floral perfumes, along with earthy and mineral elements, all harmoniously entwined with savoury, stalky whole bunch complexities.  The aromatics are refined in expression, and unfold to reveal a concentrated heart.  Medium-full bodied, the fruit is sweet and succulently ripe, with a tight core of black cherry and berry fruits integrated with liquorice elements, whole bunch stalk notes and ethereal violet florals.  Very fine-grained tannins provide an elegantly proportioned structure and grip, and the mouthfeel is enlivened by fresh, lacy acidity.  Subtle and complex nuances of earth and minerals emerge to add detail and the wine leads to a long, succulently sweet, lingering finish.  This is an elegant, tight and refined, black fruited Pinot Noir with richness, fine textures and whole bunch complexities.  Match with wild pork, rabbit or hare over the next 6-8 years.

Raymond Chan on Sep 24th, 2015

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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