Akarua - Central Otago New Zealand Akarua - Central Otago New Zealand

  • Lakeview

    • Akarua Pinot Noir: Displays intense black fruit flavours and the complexity that Bannockburn Pinot Noir is renowned for. Soft and beguiling with a velvety texture and generous length of flavour.
  • Riverview

    • Akarua Pinot Noir: Displays intense black fruit flavours and the complexity that Bannockburn Pinot Noir is renowned for. Soft and beguiling with a velvety texture and generous length of flavour.
    • Akarua Pinot Rosé: A very popular summer wine style with lifted strawberry and hints of passionfruit on the bouquet, vibrant juicy red fruit flavours and a lovely creamy palate texture.
  • Southview

    • Reserve Pinot Noir: Akarua's flagship Pinot Noir. Complex wine with rich fruit characters of cherry, plum and briar rose. Supported by fine tannins with earthy / spice notes. Typical Bannockburn.
  • Clutha

    • Akarua Pinot Gris: A rich and concentrated off dry style. Lots of stone fruit and citrus flavours and with a zesty punch of fresh ginger on the finish.
    • Akarua Pinot Noir: Displays intense black fruit flavours and the complexity that Bannockburn Pinot Noir is renowned for. Soft and beguiling with a velvety texture and generous length of flavour.
  • Cliffs Terrace

    • Akarua Pinot Rosé: A very popular summer wine style with lifted strawberry and hints of passionfruit on the bouquet, vibrant juicy red fruit flavours and a lovely creamy palate texture.
  • Cairnmuir Rise

    • Reserve Pinot Noir: Akarua's flagship Pinot Noir. Complex wine with rich fruit characters of cherry, plum and briar rose. Supported by fine tannins with earthy / spice notes. Typical Bannockburn.
    • Rua Pinot Noir: Typically Central Otago with spice notes and a core of juicy black berry fruit yet uninhibited by heavy oak influence. Well defined flavour layers exhibiting savoury highlights and a soft, yet bright, finish.
  • Cairnmuir Red

    • Akarua Pinot Noir: Displays intense black fruit flavours and the complexity that Bannockburn Pinot Noir is renowned for. Soft and beguiling with a velvety texture and generous length of flavour.
    • Akarua Pinot Rosé: A very popular summer wine style with lifted strawberry and hints of passionfruit on the bouquet, vibrant juicy red fruit flavours and a lovely creamy palate texture.
  • Cairnmuir White

    • Akarua Chardonnay: A full bodied style that exhibits the bright citrus notes that typifies Central Otago Chardonnay but with concentrated rich stonefruit flavours and a lingering minerality that provides great length.
    • Akarua Pinot Gris: A rich and concentrated off dry style. Lots of stone fruit and citrus flavours and with a zesty punch of fresh ginger on the finish.
  • Kawarau

    • Reserve Pinot Noir: Akarua's flagship Pinot Noir. Complex wine with rich fruit characters of cherry, plum and briar rose. Supported by fine tannins with earthy / spice notes. Typical Bannockburn.
    • Akarua Pinot Noir: Displays intense black fruit flavours and the complexity that Bannockburn Pinot Noir is renowned for. Soft and beguiling with a velvety texture and generous length of flavour.
    • Akarua Chardonnay: A full bodied style that exhibits the bright citrus notes that typifies Central Otago Chardonnay but with concentrated rich stonefruit flavours and a lingering minerality that provides great length.
  • Redback Ridge

    • Akarua Riesling: Just off dry in style with rich stone fruit aromatics. White peach fruit characters are echoed on the palate with citrus notes that create balance between fruit sweetness and acidity. Long and lingering finish.
  • Lakeview

    The highest elevation in the vineyard with expansive views over Bannockburn and Lake Dunstan below. Sparse soil volume and nutrient levels that require empathetic vineyard management but rewards with fruit that is destined for the Akarua Pinot Noir.

  • Riverview

    As well as Pinot Noir, this block has old sluicing pipe remnants of the 1880's gold mining era scattered about the site. The northern end of this vineyard is quite exposed to hot drying winds whilst the southern end is sheltered and vines are more vigorous.

  • Southview

    Planted in 100% pinot noir comprising of four different clones. Grapes from this block are regarded as the most 'balanced' in the entire vineyard and are usually destined for Akarua Reserve Pinot Noir.

  • Clutha

    The largest block within the vineyard and some of the most mature vines. Planted with Pinot Gris and Pinot Noir. Named after the biggest river in the region, affectionately referred to as "The Mighty Clutha".

  • Cliffs Terrace

    Named after founder, Sir Clifford Skeggs, this is the smallest vineyard on the site and located closest to the actual winery. A warm site that is usually the first block to be picked.

  • Cairnmuir Rise

    7 hectare site, boarding Cairnmuir Road, which is planted with Pinot Noir with a soil base of about 800mm of sandy silt on deep, fine, alluvial gravel.

  • Cairnmuir Red

    Bordering Cairnmuir Road and one of the flattest blocks on the entire vineyard site. 100% planted in clone 114 Pinot Noir and responsible for some of the delicious upfront berry flavours in the Akarua Pinot Rosé and Pinot Noir.

  • Cairnmuir White

    Situated on the lower terrace of the vineyard and one of the cooler blocks. Planted with Chardonnay and Pinot Gris. Sandy well draining soils are well suited to the low vigor root stock.

  • Kawarau

    One of Akarua's most important blocks and named after the great river that borders Bannockburn, the Kawarau. Consistently some of the winemaker's favourite fruit and the pinot noir is usually destined for the Reserve Pinot Noir.

  • Redback Ridge

    The only Riesling block on the entire property and also on the warmest and most exposed ridge. 2010 Akarua Riesling is the inaugural release.

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