Vintage Brut

Tasting Note

VARIETIES
60% Pinot Noir, 40% Chardonnay
VINEYARDS
Kawarau (Bannockburn) 40%
Clones: 6 (chardonnay)
Aspect: north/north west sloping elevated glacial terrace
Row orientation: east/west
Soil: weakly structured light alluvial soils overlaying schist rock
Vine age: 21 years
Vineyards: Kolo (Bannockburn) 20% Clones: 777,667,115; varying rootstocks Aspect: north west
Row orientation: east/west
Soil: Young alluvial, schist based sandy silt and loams overlaying schist rock
Elevation: 240m
Vine age: 21 years
Trellis system & pruning: VSP, spur
Murrel (Pisa) 40%
Clones: 6; varying rootstocks
Aspect: flat and level river terrace created by glacial activity
Elevation: 205m
Row orientation: north/south
Soil: fine silt loam over schist based alluvial gravels
Vine age: 25 years
Trellis system & pruning: VSP, spur
BASE WINEMAKING
Hand-harvested, whole bunch pressed, batches kept separate during ferment. 20% wild yeast ferment, 30% seasoned French oak ferment, rest stainless steel.
Base wine unfined.
BLENDING
A selection of the finest base wines was chosen for our vintage brut, and over 50% pinot noir was used for strong character, subtle aroma and flavour complexity.
TIRAGE AND YEAST AGING
The blended base wines are transferred to bottle with a little yeast and sugar to undergo the sparkling fermentation. They are then aged for a minimum of 36 months on yeast lees in bottle before ‘riddling’ and disgorging. An extra 6 months is spent 'on cork' before release.
VINTAGE NOTES
Growing Degree Days: 932 GDD.
Growing conditions: Warm fast start, cooling over Xmas/New Year to a mild Autumn with good diurnal temperature range for flavour development.
TASTING NOTE
On the nose, exotic florals and wild strawberry perfume. The palate is rich with yellow nectarine and lemon citrus; the yeast character is fresh like a baguette just out of the oven; and the finish has fine seashell minerality.
DRINKING OCCASION
Vintage Brut 2011 is an aperitif style for any occasion and it has strong enough character and flavour to be enjoyed with many dishes
'Any occasion is a good excuse to pop the cork on Akarua Vintage Brut'
SERVING TEMPERATURE
Always serve chilled at about 8°C
TECHNICAL
Winemakers • Andrew Keenleyside & Dr Tony Jordan
Tiraged • October 2014
Disgorged • Feb 22 2018
AKARUA VINTAGE BRUT 2014

Akarua Vintage Brut 2011 2014  - Akarua

Akarua Vintage Brut 2011
2014

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