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Akarua Pinot Noir 2010

Red Wine of Show & Pinot Noir Trophy - Five Nations Wine Challenge 2012

Boutique producer Akarua first planted grapes in 1996 in the Bannockburn region of Central Otago, home to some other famous wine names, Felton Road and Mt Difficulty. This wine shows they are every bit as good as their famed counterparts. Vibrant red in the glass, the wine showcases an intense blackberry core, typical of ripe Central Otago fruit. A soft creamy texture, showcases the skill of winemaker Matt Connell to balance such a concentrated wine. True Central Otago Pinot Noir...

Intense nose slightly toasty, ripe balanced and rich. Rich but bright and transparent, fine black cherry fruit, spiced, fine supporting wood, big tannic follow through, needs time for the oak to integrate, little chocolate.

Five Star
Lovely, fruit crammed Bannockburn red with bold, bright colour, deep cherry, plum and spice flavours and finely balanced oak. "Brooding", according to one judge, with impressive elegance, structure and complexity.

Strong, sweet fruit flavours with pronounced plum, dark cherry, cassis and anise characters. Luscious wine that's restrained by fine, ripe tannins. A classy pinot noir that's easy to appreciate.

In the past called "The Gullies", this is an early-drinking style, compared to its Reserve stablemate, but top vintages are still outstanding. Estate-grown at Bannockburn and matured in French oak barriques (30% new), the 2010 is a lovely, fruit-crammed red with bold, bright colour, deep cherry, plum and spice flavours and finely balanced oak. It shows very impressive elegance, structure and complexity.

Man, is this dark in the glass! Deep purple, almost inky, it has aromas of ripe purple cherries, blue fruits and damson plums; some plum-cake and biscuit toasted spices too. The palate’s dense yet smooth and supple: plenty of richness here, with more plums and chocolate. Lingers nicely – impressive concentration.

The 2010 is slated to arrive in November 2011. It has very pleasing aromas of black cherry and raspberry, the palate is supple, offers generous fruit layered with brown spice, espresso beans and dark chocolate flavours. The texture is slightly chalky - delicious!

Strong sweet fruit flavours with pronounced plum, dark cherry, cassis and anise/spice characters. A luscious wine thats very easy to appreciate

Lovely, fruit-crammed Bannockburn red with bold, bright colour, deep cherry, plum and spice flavours and finely balanced oak (French, 30% new).  ‘Brooding’, according to one judge, with impressive elegance, structure and complexity.

Akarua Pinot Noir 2010 has been successful in picking up a gold medal at the lNZ International Wine Show - New Zealands argest competition. An impressive 2080 emtries received with 199 Gold medals handed out.

Akarua Central Otago Pinot Noir 2010, from the Bannockburn subregion, has the most amazing, intense plummy purple colour. Talk about drinking with your eyes! The aroma is gorgeous too, I got plums, spice, a hint of smoke … and the taste is just yum with spiced black cherries, that quintessential savouriness, a smooth cosy velvety feel to the texture and a touch of chocolate as the bright flavours linger. It's a big wine as far as Pinot Noir goes, but you can enjoy it now or let it evolve in the cellar. On special at Glengarry's this week for $34.90. Paul enjoyed it very much.

Listen below to Wine of the Week with Sue Courtney on RadioLive.

Tasted through seven or so NZ Pinot Noir the other night and this was the pick of the bunch.Rich dark cherry, spice, an appropriate level of quality oak and a dried herb and flower perfume. A flood of smooth powdery tannin and flavour along with plenty of length. Good stuff. Delivers a level of satisfaction and seduction that’s typical of the better Central Otago Pinots. I see no problem enjoying this fully as a young wine.

Strong sweet fruit flavors with pronounced plum, dark cherry, cassis and anise/spice characters. Luscious wine thats restrained by fine, ripe tannins. Very classy Pinot Noir thats easy to appreciate.

(18.5+/20) aged 10 months in 30% new French oak has a very dark, deep, near saturated purple-hued ruby colour and a very rich, ripe bouquet of black plum and boysenberry-like fruit aromas. The palate is rich, rounded and lush with opulent dark plum and spice flavours underlined by fine tannins that are covered somewhat by the sweet fruit. However the structure is more than ample for aging 5-7+ years. An archetype Central Otago ‘fruit-bomb’ style that will be very popular.

Red Wine of Show & Pinot Noir Trophy - Five Nations Wine Challenge 2012

Boutique producer Akarua first planted grapes in 1996 in the Bannockburn region of Central Otago, home to some other famous wine names, Felton Road and Mt Difficulty. This wine shows they are every bit as good as their famed counterparts. Vibrant red in the glass, the wine showcases an intense blackberry core, typical of ripe Central Otago fruit. A soft creamy texture, showcases the skill of winemaker Matt Connell to balance such a concentrated wine. True Central Otago Pinot Noir...

Intense nose slightly toasty, ripe balanced and rich. Rich but bright and transparent, fine black cherry fruit, spiced, fine supporting wood, big tannic follow through, needs time for the oak to integrate, little chocolate.

Five Star
Lovely, fruit crammed Bannockburn red with bold, bright colour, deep cherry, plum and spice flavours and finely balanced oak. "Brooding", according to one judge, with impressive elegance, structure and complexity.

Strong, sweet fruit flavours with pronounced plum, dark cherry, cassis and anise characters. Luscious wine that's restrained by fine, ripe tannins. A classy pinot noir that's easy to appreciate.

In the past called "The Gullies", this is an early-drinking style, compared to its Reserve stablemate, but top vintages are still outstanding. Estate-grown at Bannockburn and matured in French oak barriques (30% new), the 2010 is a lovely, fruit-crammed red with bold, bright colour, deep cherry, plum and spice flavours and finely balanced oak. It shows very impressive elegance, structure and complexity.

Man, is this dark in the glass! Deep purple, almost inky, it has aromas of ripe purple cherries, blue fruits and damson plums; some plum-cake and biscuit toasted spices too. The palate’s dense yet smooth and supple: plenty of richness here, with more plums and chocolate. Lingers nicely – impressive concentration.

The 2010 is slated to arrive in November 2011. It has very pleasing aromas of black cherry and raspberry, the palate is supple, offers generous fruit layered with brown spice, espresso beans and dark chocolate flavours. The texture is slightly chalky - delicious!

Strong sweet fruit flavours with pronounced plum, dark cherry, cassis and anise/spice characters. A luscious wine thats very easy to appreciate

Lovely, fruit-crammed Bannockburn red with bold, bright colour, deep cherry, plum and spice flavours and finely balanced oak (French, 30% new).  ‘Brooding’, according to one judge, with impressive elegance, structure and complexity.

Akarua Pinot Noir 2010 has been successful in picking up a gold medal at the lNZ International Wine Show - New Zealands argest competition. An impressive 2080 emtries received with 199 Gold medals handed out.

Akarua Central Otago Pinot Noir 2010, from the Bannockburn subregion, has the most amazing, intense plummy purple colour. Talk about drinking with your eyes! The aroma is gorgeous too, I got plums, spice, a hint of smoke … and the taste is just yum with spiced black cherries, that quintessential savouriness, a smooth cosy velvety feel to the texture and a touch of chocolate as the bright flavours linger. It's a big wine as far as Pinot Noir goes, but you can enjoy it now or let it evolve in the cellar. On special at Glengarry's this week for $34.90. Paul enjoyed it very much.

Listen below to Wine of the Week with Sue Courtney on RadioLive.

Tasted through seven or so NZ Pinot Noir the other night and this was the pick of the bunch.Rich dark cherry, spice, an appropriate level of quality oak and a dried herb and flower perfume. A flood of smooth powdery tannin and flavour along with plenty of length. Good stuff. Delivers a level of satisfaction and seduction that’s typical of the better Central Otago Pinots. I see no problem enjoying this fully as a young wine.

Strong sweet fruit flavors with pronounced plum, dark cherry, cassis and anise/spice characters. Luscious wine thats restrained by fine, ripe tannins. Very classy Pinot Noir thats easy to appreciate.

(18.5+/20) aged 10 months in 30% new French oak has a very dark, deep, near saturated purple-hued ruby colour and a very rich, ripe bouquet of black plum and boysenberry-like fruit aromas. The palate is rich, rounded and lush with opulent dark plum and spice flavours underlined by fine tannins that are covered somewhat by the sweet fruit. However the structure is more than ample for aging 5-7+ years. An archetype Central Otago ‘fruit-bomb’ style that will be very popular.

Red Wine of Show & Pinot Noir Trophy - Five Nations Wine Challenge 2012

Boutique producer Akarua first planted grapes in 1996 in the Bannockburn region of Central Otago, home to some other famous wine names, Felton Road and Mt Difficulty. This wine shows they are every bit as good as their famed counterparts. Vibrant red in the glass, the wine showcases an intense blackberry core, typical of ripe Central Otago fruit. A soft creamy texture, showcases the skill of winemaker Matt Connell to balance such a concentrated wine. True Central Otago Pinot Noir...

Intense nose slightly toasty, ripe balanced and rich. Rich but bright and transparent, fine black cherry fruit, spiced, fine supporting wood, big tannic follow through, needs time for the oak to integrate, little chocolate.

Five Star
Lovely, fruit crammed Bannockburn red with bold, bright colour, deep cherry, plum and spice flavours and finely balanced oak. "Brooding", according to one judge, with impressive elegance, structure and complexity.

Strong, sweet fruit flavours with pronounced plum, dark cherry, cassis and anise characters. Luscious wine that's restrained by fine, ripe tannins. A classy pinot noir that's easy to appreciate.

In the past called "The Gullies", this is an early-drinking style, compared to its Reserve stablemate, but top vintages are still outstanding. Estate-grown at Bannockburn and matured in French oak barriques (30% new), the 2010 is a lovely, fruit-crammed red with bold, bright colour, deep cherry, plum and spice flavours and finely balanced oak. It shows very impressive elegance, structure and complexity.

Man, is this dark in the glass! Deep purple, almost inky, it has aromas of ripe purple cherries, blue fruits and damson plums; some plum-cake and biscuit toasted spices too. The palate’s dense yet smooth and supple: plenty of richness here, with more plums and chocolate. Lingers nicely – impressive concentration.

The 2010 is slated to arrive in November 2011. It has very pleasing aromas of black cherry and raspberry, the palate is supple, offers generous fruit layered with brown spice, espresso beans and dark chocolate flavours. The texture is slightly chalky - delicious!

Strong sweet fruit flavours with pronounced plum, dark cherry, cassis and anise/spice characters. A luscious wine thats very easy to appreciate

Lovely, fruit-crammed Bannockburn red with bold, bright colour, deep cherry, plum and spice flavours and finely balanced oak (French, 30% new).  ‘Brooding’, according to one judge, with impressive elegance, structure and complexity.

Akarua Pinot Noir 2010 has been successful in picking up a gold medal at the lNZ International Wine Show - New Zealands argest competition. An impressive 2080 emtries received with 199 Gold medals handed out.

Akarua Central Otago Pinot Noir 2010, from the Bannockburn subregion, has the most amazing, intense plummy purple colour. Talk about drinking with your eyes! The aroma is gorgeous too, I got plums, spice, a hint of smoke … and the taste is just yum with spiced black cherries, that quintessential savouriness, a smooth cosy velvety feel to the texture and a touch of chocolate as the bright flavours linger. It's a big wine as far as Pinot Noir goes, but you can enjoy it now or let it evolve in the cellar. On special at Glengarry's this week for $34.90. Paul enjoyed it very much.

Listen below to Wine of the Week with Sue Courtney on RadioLive.

Tasted through seven or so NZ Pinot Noir the other night and this was the pick of the bunch.Rich dark cherry, spice, an appropriate level of quality oak and a dried herb and flower perfume. A flood of smooth powdery tannin and flavour along with plenty of length. Good stuff. Delivers a level of satisfaction and seduction that’s typical of the better Central Otago Pinots. I see no problem enjoying this fully as a young wine.

Strong sweet fruit flavors with pronounced plum, dark cherry, cassis and anise/spice characters. Luscious wine thats restrained by fine, ripe tannins. Very classy Pinot Noir thats easy to appreciate.

(18.5+/20) aged 10 months in 30% new French oak has a very dark, deep, near saturated purple-hued ruby colour and a very rich, ripe bouquet of black plum and boysenberry-like fruit aromas. The palate is rich, rounded and lush with opulent dark plum and spice flavours underlined by fine tannins that are covered somewhat by the sweet fruit. However the structure is more than ample for aging 5-7+ years. An archetype Central Otago ‘fruit-bomb’ style that will be very popular.

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