Media Reviews / Awards

Akarua Pinot Gris 2015

We are delighted to announce the following Gold and Silver Ribbons were awarded by Master of Wine Bob Campbell:

Akarua Pinot Gris 2015 – Silver, 92 Points

“Off-dry pinot gris with pear, citrus and mandarin flower flavours. A smooth textured wine, with fresh acidity helping to drive a lengthy finish. Appealing purity and length”

RUA Pinot Gris 2015, Silver, 90 Points

Light, fresh, medium-dry pinot gris with nashi pear and apple flavours. A simple wine with appealing purity. An initial suggestion of sweetness is balanced nicely by fresh acidity to give a moderately drying finish. Good value at this price 

Akarua Riesling 2015, Silver 91 Points

“A pretty Riesling with rose petal, citrus and a suggestion of chalky mineral flavour. An initial hint of sweetness is balanced by crisp acidity to give a drying finish while adding tension to the wine.”

 Akarua The Siren Pinot Noir 2013 – Gold, 97 points

“Flagship Pinot Noir selection of 13 barrels out of a total of 650. It certainly shows a great deal more concentration than the regular label with red-fleshed plum, floral, violet and a similar spice and thyme character. More oak gives an extra layer of chocolate-like richness. Surprisingly approachable now, although the wine will continue to give pleasure for a decade or more.”


These results have been published on Bob Campbell’s website


Akarua Pinot Gris 2015 and Akarua Riesling 2015 have both been awarded 4.5 stars for Cuisine magazines white varietal tasting, with Akarua Pinot Gris being listed in the Top 5 category.

White varietals from Central Otago are renowned for their alluring aromatics and crisp flavours. The unique lime soils and harsh climates have a strong influence on these unique characteristics.

Cuisine wine tastings are conducted annually according to each variety. They have very strict procedures, and all applications are blind tasted. Top scoring wines are re-tasted to determine which wines should be included in the Top 5 category.

Tasting Notes from judges are as follows:

Akarua Pinot Gris 2015

4.5 stars, Top 5

“This is another Bannockburn-grown wine that bristles with crispness and energy. Peardrop, citrus and appley notes ring out with freshness and clarity. This appealing juicy dry style would be an excellent accompaniment for a creamy pasta primavera”

Akarua Riesling 2015

4.5 stars

“A greeting of jasmine and apple blossom scents leads through to a delicately textured, medium-dry mouthful, generously stocked with lime and ginger notes. It’s still young and tight so put it in the cellar for a year or two, and then have it with lightly spiced Thai food”


Akarua have received the following points from Master Sommelier Cameron Douglas at his most recent Pinot Gris tasting for NZ Liquor News 2015;

Akarua Pinot Gris 2015

“Generous and forward bouquet; spicy, rich, alluring and floral with flavours of white pepper, spiced pear, white peach, lemon and red apple skin. Luscious texture with ripe almost sweet acidity, mealy if not slightly chalky too, wonderful balance and charm with a lengthy finish”
92 points

RUA Pinot Gris 2015

“Distinctive aromas of Gris with lots of spice and lees layers over fresh white fruits of nectarine and peach, pear and mineal with a sulphides layer that adds complexity and depth. On the palate – dry, textured, youthful and flavourful – this is a specific expression of a cool climare Gris that is best contemplated over a couple of hours and fresh sashimi for white it is well suited. Crisp, fresh, textured with a long finish”

91 points


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