Central Otago – Bannockburn
The 2008 vintage was very cool to start but late spring / summer temperatures increased and carried into a long autumn that contributed to good fruit ripeness.
Akarua’s vineyard is situated on alluvial terraces, consisting of light sand and schist-based soils. Our aspect and elevation result in a frost free vineyard with a northern, sunny position. These unique features, along with careful vineyard management result in grapes and wine of consistently high quality.
100% French oak (30% new barrels), limited barrel stirring and malolactic fermentation complement the 11 month oak ageing.
Golden, straw colour.
A full bodied wine showing citrus and tropical aromas.
The palate is rich with stonefruit and vanillin supported by a lingering minerality typical of the region, which provides great length.
18 – 20 oC
It is a great food wine and would accompany dishes ranging from creamy pasta, char-grilled fish through to rabbit pâté, and roasted wild pheasant.
Harvest Date: April 2008
Winemaker: Matt Connell
Viticulturist: Gillian Wilson
Brix at Harvest: 23.5