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Akarua Rua Pinot Noir Central Otago

Akarua Rua Pinot Noir Central Otago

The Skeggs family were among the first people to buy and plant vineyard land in Central Otago in the mid 1990s, so were lucky enough to acquire a superb north-facing site in Bannockburn. Planted in 1996, this 50-hectare site has since provided the backbone of the Akarua wines. Due to the short growing season in Central Otago, site selection is one of the key elements in making a great wine, and Akarua have a site that is among the very best. We were introduced to Akarua through the late Tony Jordan, who was the first to make their sparkling wines. Tony built Domaine Chandon in Australia, and was one of the world's leading experts in sparkling wine production. He had always believed in the potential for Central Otago to make top quality fizz and finally realised his ambition to make premium sparkling wines here when the first Akarua sparkling wines were released in 2011.
  • Body
  • Country
    New Zealand
  • Region
    Central Otago
  • Colour/Style
  • Grape Variety
    100% Pinot Noir


A typically Central Otago Pinot Noir, with a core of fresh, juicy red berry fruit and uninhibited by heavy oak influence, made in an early-drinking style. Multi-award-winning, it has subtle savoury characters, soft supple tannins and a touch of spice. All fruit was sourced from the Akarua Estate vineyards in Bannockburn and Pisa, Central Otago. The vines are approximately 23 years old and grow at an average of 270 metres above sea level on a north-westerly facing slope. The vines are planted on alluvial, sandy loam based soils overlaying schist bedrock. This Pinot Noir has a bright cherry-red colour in the glass and lifted floral aromas with bright notes of red fruit. On the palate, this well-defined Central Otago Pinot Noir exhibits red berries, savoury characters and a touch of spice. Supple tannins complement the wine's acidity leading to a long finish.


Food Pairing Beef Veal Game (deer, venison) Poultry
ABV 14%
Categories Wine, New Zealand, Pinot Noir, Red Wine

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    Spiegelau Red Wine Glass Set

    The Skeggs family were among the first people to buy and plant

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