Christmas Opening Hours, Thu, 22 December 2016
Thinking of stopping by for a tasting or to pick up a bottle to celebrate with over Christmas? Our Bannockburn cellar door will be open as below:
Saturday 24th 10:30am-2pm
Sunday 25th - Closed
Monday 26th - Closed
Tuesday 27th - Closed
Wednesday 28th - Saturday 31st - Normal opening hours
Sunday 1st January - Closed
From the team at Akarua we hope you have a fantastic Christmas and New Year and look forward to seeing you in 2017!
Cameron Douglas scores high for Akarua!, Wed, 21 December 2016
We were thrilled to hear that Master Sommellier Cameron Douglas loved our Pinot Noir's as his latest tasting and review. Both the Akarua Pinot Noir 2015 and RUA Pinot Noir 2016 scored extremely well.
Akarua Pinot Noir 2015 - 95 Points
"Spicy and very fruity core with wild raspberry and cherry laden aromas, new and seasoned oak quite intense with vanilla and brown baking spices emerging as the wine opens-up. Dry on the palate with a core of red berry fruit – spiced cherry and wild fruits, definitive rose and red tea flavour, fine tannins, medium+ acidity and long finish. A lovely wine. "
RUA Pinot Noir 2016 - 93 Points
"Ripe, fresh, very fruity core with sweet raspberry and cherry, a hint of cola, rose and crushed rock, some new then seasoned oak suggestions. Juicy, fresh, crisp and dry; a lovely core of fruit, not too intense showing off vibrant red fruit, oak spice and texture – all leading to a lengthy and charming finish."
Michael Coopers Buyers Guide 2017 Released, Mon, 19 December 2016
Michael Cooper has released the highly recommended "Buyers Guide for NZ Wine" featuring many fantastic reviews of New Zealand Wine of all varietals. Including a great selection on Akarua Wines. A perfect Christmas gift for any wine lover!
Akarua Bannockburn Central Otago Pinot Noir
Estate-grown, harvested from mature vines and matured in French oak barriques, the 2014 vintage (5 stars) is deep ruby, with an enticingly fragrant bouquet. Generous, vibrantly fruity and supple, it has concentrated, well-ripened cherry, plum, spice and dried-herb flavours, showing excellent complexity, and a finely poised, lasting finish. Already delicious, it should be at its best 2018+
Akarua Central Otago Brut NV
This non-vintage wine (4 stars) is a blend of Pinot Noir (55–70 per cent) and Chardonnay (30–45 per cent), estate-grown at Bannockburn and disgorged after 18 months to two years on its yeast lees. The bouquet is typically fresh and yeasty; the palate is crisp and vigorous, with strong, lemony, appley, yeasty, slightly nutty flavours and a finely balanced finish
Akarua Central Otago Chardonnay
The estate-grown 2014 vintage (4 stars) was hand-harvested at Bannockburn and fermented and matured in French oak barrels (10 per cent new). Mouthfilling, it is creamy and biscuity, with youthful, grapefruit-like flavours to the fore, fresh acidity, a hint of spice, and good complexity and length. Subtle and finely poised, it should be at its best 2017+
Akarua Central Otago Rosé Brut NV
This non-vintage wine (4 stars) is a pale pink, vivacious blend of Pinot Noir (55–75 per cent) and Chardonnay (25–45 per cent), estate-grown at Bannockburn and disgorged after 18 months to two years on its yeast lees. It is typically crisp and dryish, with fresh, gentle strawberry and spice flavours, showing excellent complexity and length
Akarua Central Otago Vintage Brut
The 2011 vintage (4 stars) is a pale, light and vivacious blend of Pinot Noir (61 per cent) and Chardonnay (39 per cent), estate-grown at Bannockburn and disgorged after a minimum of three years on its yeast lees. It has a yeasty bouquet and crisp, racy palate, showing good complexity
Akarua Rua Central Otago Pinot Noir
For a third-tier label, this regional blend can be remarkably good. Matured for six months in French oak barriques (10 per cent new), the highly attractive 2015 vintage (4 stars) was grown at three company-owned sites, two at Bannockburn. Delicious in its youth, it is floral, sweet-fruited and supple, with strong, plummy, cherryish, slightly nutty flavours, showing good complexity. More subtle and savoury than you'd expect at this price, it offers fine value
Akarua Rua Pinot Rosé
The 2015 vintage (4 stars) is from Pinot Noir grapes, estate-grown at Bannockburn and Lowburn. Bright pink, it is floral and charming, with gentle plum, strawberry and spice flavours, a sliver of sweetness (9 grams/litre of residual sugar) balanced by fresh acidity, and excellent delicacy, vivacity and immediacy
Akarua The Siren Bannockburn Central Otago Pinot Noir
The second 2013 vintage (5 stars) of Akarua's top Pinot Noir was estate-grown and selected from 13 barrels out of 650. Deeply coloured, it has a highly perfumed, savoury bouquet. Powerful and densely packed, it is very sweet-fruited and finely textured, with concentrated, vibrant cherry, plum and spice flavours, fresh acidity and silky tannins. Already delicious, it should be long-lived; best drinking 2018+
Akarua Wines and Kitchen by Artisan, Mon, 19 December 2016
The wait is finally over as Akarua Wines and Kitchen by Artisan opened its doors on Saturday 10th December!
Formally known as 'Walnut Cottage', the venue has undergone a loving but dramatic restoration to create a beautiful new al-fresco dining area and cellar door. Just minutes from historic Arrowtown this is a vision turned into reality for the Akarua family. We have teamed up with the talented team at Artisan catering to offer diners fresh, locally sourced, exciting food to accompany our award winning wines.
Visitors will enjoy the relaxed ambience of the stunning gardens whilst the historic flour mill offices have been lovingly restored to create a stunning new dining and cellar door destination. General manager of Akarua Wines Kathryn Pettit explained “The cottage keeps its traditional beauty but with a contemporary twist. The addition of outside covered seating and decking provides the perfect place to spend a long summer afternoon with friends and family. The on-site cellar door also provides diners or passers-by to sample and pick up a bottle of their favourite Akarua wine, or have wine shipped to their door.
Akarua Wines and Kitchen by Artisan can be found at 265 Arrowtown-Lake Hayes Road, Arrowtown T: 03 442 10920