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Akarua Vintage Brut 2010

  • Gold Medal

    THIS WINE HAS BEEN AWARDED...

    Gold Medal

    Gold - Champagne & Sparkling Wine World Championships 2015

  • Trophy

    THIS WINE HAS BEEN AWARDED...

    Trophy

    Champion Sparkling Wine - Romeo Bragato Wine Awards 2017

Bob Campbell recently conducted a tasting for our wine portfolio. Several were selected for his highest ranking accolade, a Gold Ribbon.

The results were as follows:

Akarua Vintage Brut 2010

Gold Ribbon, 96 Points and 5 stars

A Pinot Noir dominant blend with Chardonnay that has spent three years on the lees. Weighty, textural wine with zesty acidity adding freshness and energy. This is a serious sparkler with attractive bready yeast autolysis complementing citrus fruit flavours. Lengthy wine with a bone-dry finish.

Akarua Pinot Rosé 2014

Gold Ribbon, 95 Points, 5 stars

“Pretty Rose with charming strawberry, raspberry and cherry flavours enhanced by a creamy texture. A hint of sweetness is fruity rather than sugary. The wine has a seductively lingering finish. Very attractive Rose indeed”

Akarua Pinot Noir 2013

Gold Ribbon, 95 Points, 5 stars

“A classic fruit bomb style with ripe plum, black cherry, vanilla and liquorice flavours. Big, flavoursome wine with a featherbed texture and enough support from ripe tannins to prevent any suggestion of jamminess”.

Akarua The Siren 2012

Gold Ribbon, 96 Points, 5 stars

“Only 185 cases made. 100% de-stemmed bunches (30% whole-bunch the following year) and a very light filtration has helped produce a dense, flavoursome Pinot Noir. I noted red and black cherry, spice/thyme, plum, violet and spicy French oak characters but i suspect the wine will offer even greater complexity in time. Elegance on a grand scale. Powerful wine showing a great deal of finesse”

Bob Campbell, the second New Zealander and is just one of 300 people in the world to hold the Master of Wine qualification. He is widely regarded as New Zealand’s foremost educator.

Wine writer Michael Cooper has just released his buyers guide for 2016. 

Akarua Vintage Brut 2010 has received 5 stars and the following review...

Michael Coopers Buyers Guide, 2016

5 stars
“Retasted in 2015, the 2010 vintage (5 stars) is a rich, complex, nutty blend of Pinot Noir (54 per cent) and Chardonnay (46 per cent), estate-grown at Bannockburn and disgorged after four years on its yeast lees. Highly fragrant, it has intense, peachy, yeasty flavours, showing impressive complexity and length.”

Cellar Talk Wines, MW Bob Campbell (online). December 2015

Wine of the Week – 96 points

“A Pinot Noir dominant blend with Chardonnay that has spent three years on lees. Weighty, textural wine with zesty acidity adding freshness and energy. This is a serious sparkler with attractive bready yeast autolysis complementing citrus fruit flavours. Lengthy wine with a bone dry finish.”

Akarua Vintage Brut 2010 has hit the headlines again with a PURE GOLD medal at the Air New Zealand Wine Awards 2015. Fingers crossed for the trophy announcement on the 28th November 2015.

The Air New Zealand Wine Awards is the premier wine competition in New Zealand recognising excellence in winemaking. The competition is owned and organised by New Zealand Winegrowers, the national organisation for the country's 1,700 grape growers and winemakers.

Master Sommelier Cameron Douglas held a recent Sparkling Wine tasting for the November 2015 edition of NZ Liquor News with some fantastic achievements;

The Highest Score ever awarded by Cameron Douglas: Akarua Vintage Brut 2010

“Complex bouquet with a mix of bottle development, dense autolysis, white strawberry and nutty overtures, very Champagne like bouquet. Dry, elegant, complex, savoury and packed with flavour, makes you feel like celebrating; soft mousse and a long drifting finish.”

98 Points

Akarua Rosé Brut NV

“Luscious, fruity, floral and focused aromas of wild strawberry and wild flowers and a mild savoury complexity. On the palate – dry, crisp, firm structure with a soft red fruit core; light savoury flavours, soft plush mousse and long delicate finish.”

94 Points

Akarua Brut NV

“Refreshing, crisp and lively bouquet of white tree fruits and citrus with red apple and lemon up front; mild and soft yeasty autolysis with a very light ginger quality which I find appealing. Dry, crisp, firm and quite fruity with flavours that reflect apple and tree fruit with a lemon twist. Bold mousse with a medium bubble, balanced, dynamic and fresh”.

90 Points

The Akarua Vintage Brut 2010 has won its second trophy at the Romeo Bragato Wine Awards 2015.

Akarua vineyard manager Mark Naismith attended the Romeo Bragato Conference in Hawkes Bay this week, and was delighted to receive the ‘Champion Sparkling Wine Trophy’ at the awards dinner last night.

The Bragato Wine Awards, which is held in conjunction with the New Zealand Winegrowers Romeo Bragato National Conference, are awarded to the grower for viticultural excellence. This competition focuses on the excellence of grapes in the foundation of making top quality wines.

This is the second trophy awarded to Akarua Vintage Brut 2010, which only last year received the World Champion Sparkling Wine Trophy at the Champagne & Sparkling Wine World Championships 2015 in the United Kingdom.

Mark Naismith is pictured below proudly holding his trophy with TV3 presenter Mike McRoberts.

Akarua are delighted to announce their recent results at the Romeo Bragato Wine Awards 2015. GOLD was awarded to Akarua Pinot Noir 2013 and Vintage Brut 2010.

Akarua vineyard manager Mark Naismith, who is currently attending the Romeo Bragato Conference in Hawkes Bay this week, was thrilled with the results.

Akarua Vintage Brut 2010 has been awarded FIVE Gold medals to date. Last year the Akarua Vintage Brut 2010 was awarded the World Champion New Zealand Sparkling Wine Trophy at the Champagne & Sparkling Wine World Championships in the United Kingdom

Cameron Douglas conducted a recent wine tasting focusing on the region of Central Otago in the August 2015 issue of The Shout NZ.

The highest point earners was our Akarua Alchemy Ice 2013 and Akarua Vintage Brut 2010, which were both awarded five stars.

4.5 stars was also awarded to our Akarua Brut NV, Akarua Rosé Brut NV and RUA Pinot Noir 2014.

Tasting notes are as follows; 

Akarua Central Otago Alchemy Ice 2013 

Peach and golden Kiwi colours with aromas of beeswax honey and dried apricot; concentrated tea and even a little saffron. On the palate – lusciously sweet with high acidity to bring balance; flavours of apricot jam and honey, peach and red apple. Long rich and satisfying finish.

5 Stars

Akarua Central Otago Vintage Brut 2010 Methode Traditionelle

Full and rich bouquet with noticeable autolysis and aged characters – nutty, peachy and floral; aromas of oats, wild flowers, honey and even a touch of marmite. A miso note adds further depth; high acidity, bold style, full-bodied and long finish; Excellent example.

5 Stars 

Akarua Central Otago Brut NV Methode Traditionelle

Attractive bouquet which is both floral and fruity then reveals an autolysis of yeast derived complexity adding depth and complexity. On the palate – generous, crisp, firm and dry, plenty of lemon and apple fruit flavours with hints of peach; the yeast complexity builds on the palate adding length to the finish. Great food or aperitif example.

4.5 Stars

Akarua Central Otago Rosé  Brut NV Methode Traditionelle

Soft white peach and gentle strawberry aromas, cold fruit tea note and moderate+ yeast autolysis, fragrant and quite rich. On the palate – crisp, dry and almost full-bodied with soft red fruit flavours and mild yeast derived flavours, rose and light honey note. Long and elegant finish, well made.

4.5 Stars

Akarua RUA Central Otago Pinot Noir 2014 

Fruity, floral and perfumed bouquet with fresh red berry fruits, red apple skin, violet and gentle oak spices; forward, fresh, lively and generous attack. On the palate – lush, plush, fruity and dry; plenty of light red fruit flavours of raspberry and cherry with red apple skin; medium oak, lots of crunchy acidity adding bite and texture; medium oak level – overall a lovely wine with immediately drinkability.

4.5 Stars

Metro Magazine have released their June issue including their Top 100 Wonderful Wines for 2015.

Akarua Vintage Brut 2010 and Akarua Rosé Brut NV were selected for the June issue.

This is the second achievement for Akarua bubbles this week; Akarua Rosé Brut was awarded GOLD at the UK Global Rosé Masters 2015. 

Winestate Magazine, Central Otago tasting, June 2015

5 stars

“Rich, complex, nutty blend of pinot noir (54%) and chardonnay (46%), grown at Bannockburn and disgorged after four years on its yeast less. Highly fragrant, with intense, peachy, yeasty flavours, showing impressive complexity and length. Praised by one judge as, ‘great’!’.”

Judges' Comments

Brent Marris
A lovely toasty nose with beautiful yeast coming through. Great balance on the palate with a fine bead. Great length and beautiful acid balance on the finish. A great match with the salmon with lovely fruit coming through and that slight hint of dill still remaining on the palate.

Steve Flamsteed
Probably my favourite wine of the bracket. Very complex on the nose. Hints of white pepper. Very savoury. A little bit of citrus and just a touch of vanilla as well. On the palate a lovely spike of natural acid mouth feel. Just again a hint of this residual dosage which really worked. It’s a beautifully constructed wine and I think it’s at a lovely point in its life. It worked by itself and worked beautifully with the food.

Fred Dame
Pale gold in colour. Almost still. Yeast lemon lime. Dried apple peach dried apricot. Firm acidity and a clean finish. Nice and bright. The dish was very lovely but it actually toned this wine down a bit and I found it to be just a ??

Kym Milne
Complex. A good wine with hints of oyster shell aroma. A good tight wine with nice length and tangy acidity. A good food foil.

Warren Gibson
Less obvious effervescence again. A complex nutty rich palate. Pure flavours. A complex match again with the dish. Well done.

Rob Geddes
Aroma is quality starting out with fresh bread and rich in oats and mushroom. The palate has a yeasty complexity with quality richness and tautness. The acid finish lets this wine down and it shows a hardness with autumnal fruit. A dried sort of pear thing. It was an abrupt end. I wanted it to be better because it tasted delicious but even with the food it still was short and dry.

Tim Wildman
A yellow gold colour. Elegant aromas. Ripe fruit with figgy notes. Drink now or keep for two to three years.

The 2010 vintage (4 stars) is a Pinot Noir-dominant blend, estate-grown at Bannockburn, in Central Otago, and disgorged after three years on its yeast lees. Straw-hued, it has biscuity, yeasty aromas, showing good complexity, leading into a high-flavoured wine, crisp, yeasty, toasty, dryish (6 grams/litre of residual sugar), and rich

 A busy and exciting year for Akarua has finished on the right note with three pure gold medals at the 2014 Air New Zealand Wine Awards.

The results of the awards were announced today to the public. Akarua received three pure gold's for their Akarua Pinot Noir 2013, Akarua RUA Pinot Noir 2013 and one for their sparkling wines, Akarua Vintage Brut 2010.

Winemaker Matt Connell is delighted with the results.

"It is great for our team to be recognised at this prestigious show. It has been a particularly busy year for us with the purchase of two new vineyards and preparing for a much larger vintage because of this, so to win three gold medals is a fantastic achievement" he said.

"The Air New Zealand Wine Awards have such resonance with consumers and the profile of the awards is also recognised internationally, it's a great lead in to the Christmas season" he said.

Akarua's varietal focus is on their Pinot Noir's and Sparkling Wine programme. The Akarua Pinot Noir 2013, Akarua RUA Pinot Noir 2013 and Akarua Vintage Brut 2010 were awarded gold.

Matt is looking forward to celebrating the wins at the Awards dinner in Hawkes bay on the 22nd November

4 stars

Ranked #2 out of Top Ten

50/60 points

Akarua is celebrating another gold medal at the New Zealand International Wine Show 2014.

This is a massive achievement for the Vintage Brut 2010 which has recently been awarded the World Champion New Zealand Sparkling Wine trophy in the United Kingdom.

Raise your glass and join us in a toast as we celebrate Central Otago winery Akarua winning a prestigious international trophy for its sparkling wine Akarua Vintage Brut 2010 - awarded the World Champion New Zealand Sparkling Wine Trophy at The Champagne & Sparkling Wine World Championships (CSWWC), announced on the 4th September 2014.

Having launched our sparkling wine range in early 2012, Akarua is gaining a solid reputation for its quality and style.

“We knew that we had the capabilities and the right climatic conditions to make fantastic sparkling wines and this trophy caps off what has been a fantastic two years for our Akarua methode traditionelle range; with many notable achievements including three trophies that our Non-Vintage wines have won” says Matt Connell – Winemaker; Akarua.

It is also really heartening to see Central Otago being recognised internationally for another wine style alongside Pinot Noir”, he continues.

The Akarua Vintage Brut 2010 is Akarua’s premier sparkling wine; a selection of the finest base wines from the 2010 harvest, which spends a minimum of three years on yeast in bottle before disgorging. Full of character and complexity, Akarua Vintage Brut 2010 will be your new ‘go to bubbles’ to have ready and chilled in your fridge whatever the occasion.

About the Champagne & Sparkling Wine World Championships

This is a new global wine competition launched by internationally renowned UK specialist writer and author Tom Stevenson and has been created to provide consumers and trade with the definitive annual guide to the very best Champagnes and Sparkling Wines in the World. This year, the competition received over 650 entries from 16 different countries in the first year of judging, with 185 wines winning Gold and Silver medals.

This competition also differentiates itself from others in that it is the first wine competition to be judged exclusively by Champagne and Sparkling wine specialists and the only global competition in which every judge agrees all the medals awarded. The combination of these two unique attributes ensures an unprecedented level of consistency in the medalling process. It also only awards Gold and Silver medals and lesser medals will not be announced.

AKARUA VINTAGE BRUT 2010: $45.00

Akarua is delighted to announce their first Gold Medal award for ‘Akarua Vintage Brut 2010’ at the Champagne and Sparkling Wine Championships.

The Champagne and Sparkling Wine Championships is a new awards ceremony set up by internationally renowned specialist writer and author Tom Stevenson. It is the first of its kind to be exclusively judged by Champagne and Sparkling wine specialists only. Notwithstanding, it is one of the harder competitions to compete and apply for; as no bronze medals are awarded and all judges must agree on selected Gold Medals.

This award ceremony has been specifically created to provide consumers and trade with the definitive annual guide to the very best Champagnes and Sparkling wines in the world.

We take great pride in being awarded a Gold Medal for our Akarua Vintage Brut 2010, as we are only one of three Gold Medals awarded from all of New Zealand.

Our Vintage bubbles was released late last year and is beginning to gain the attention of serious sparkling wine connoisseurs. In the new release tasting for Winestate it achieved 4 stars and was equal top in it's category.

Fantastic recognition for our inaugural release of the Akarua Vintage Brut!

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