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Akarua Pinot Noir 2011

  • Gold Medal

    THIS WINE HAS BEEN AWARDED...

    Gold Medal

    China Wine & Spirits 2015
    Global Pinot Noir Masters 2015
    Air New Zealand Wine Awards 2013
    Double Gold - 6 Nations Wine Challenge 2013
    New Zealand International Wine Show 2013
    Romeo Bragato 2013
    Easter Show Wine Awards 2013
    New Zealand International Wine Show 2012
    Bragato Wine Awards 2012

  • Trophy

    THIS WINE HAS BEEN AWARDED...

    Trophy

    Romeo Bragato Awards 2013
    Champion Wine of Show & Bragato Trophy Winner
    Mike Wolter Memorial Trophy & Champion Pinot Noir
    Sustainability Trophy

We are delighted in achieving fantastic results at the 2015 China Wine & Spirits competition! We received double golds for Akarua Pinot Noir 2011, Akarua Pinot Noir 2013, Rose Brut NV and Brut NV.

Akarua distributes to both Shanghai and Hong Kong, therefore receiving such high results is a massive benefit for our Chinese customers and distributors!

The CWSA (China Wine & Spirits Awards) is the biggest & most prestigious wine & spirits competition in China. ALL 100 the Judges are carefully selected for being the top BUYERS of wines and spirits for this market and are importers, distributors, retailers and sommeliers’. Wines and spirits enter from 35 countries and are ‘blind tasted’.

For Chinese distribution please contact:

Ruby Red Fine Wine, info@rubyred.com.cn (Shanghai)

Platinum Group Ltd, justin@winestore.com.hk (Hong Kong)

The Drinks Business has held their Global Pinot Noir Masters 2015 this month. Akarua Pinot Noir 2011 won a GOLD, and one of the highest scores in the whole competition. The UK competition has a reputation for being the toughest in the business, with many wines failing to reach the medals at all.

The Gold and Silver Medals in particular were extremely hard won, as the judges awarded very few high scores, and no Sparkling Wines including some Champagnes, reached a higher medal than Silver. Akarua Brut NV, Akarua Rose Brut NV and Akarua Vintage Brut 2010 were all awarded silver (85 points/100).

BEAUTIFUL, 91-92 pts – recommended for its quality.

RECOMMENDED Score 91-92 pts. $37.95 Vintages 79541

The 2011 Akarua Pinot Noir, sourced from 14-year-old vines grown in Central Otago that was then aged for 10 months in 30% new French Oak barriques, has lifted aromas of cranberry, subtle smoke, clove and barnyard on the nose and cranberry and pomegranate on the palate. It is a light to medium bodied, extra-dry/dry, fruity wine; with fresh acidity, refined tannins and a long finish. Sip this wine on-its-own; drink 2014-2018 (screw cap enclosure).

Another great result for the 2011 vintage of Akarua Pinot Noir taking out another Gold medal at the Air New Zealand Wine Awards 2013.

This is the same show in which our 2010 Akarua Pinot Noir won Wine of Show and the Pinot Noir trophy. Very pleased to hear our 2011 vintage was runner up to the Trophy this year.

Akarua Pinot Noir named Champion Wine of Show

Bannockburn vineyard Akarua has won the Bragato Trophy for Champion Wine of Show and three other trophies at the Romeo Bragato Awards in Blenheim.

Apart from the competition’s top award, Akarua Pinot Noir 2011 also won the Mike Wolter Memorial Trophy Champion Pinot Noir and the Sustainability Trophy.

On top of Akarua’s success with Pinot Noir, a recent addition to their portfolio, Akarua Rosé Brut NV, also won the Sparkling Trophy.

The Bragato Wine Awards are presented each year as part of the Romeo Bragato conference. The awards recognise that growing excellent grapes is the foundation of making great wines. Trophies are awarded to the top wine from each variety and are presented to the grower rather than the winemaker.

The champion wine was grown by Akarua’s Vineyard Manager, Mark Naismith, in the Bannockburn sub-region in Central Otago.

“We’re thrilled to have one of our wines as Champion Wine of Show,” says Mark. “Our aim at Akarua vineyard is to supply our winemaking team with premium quality fruit that expresses the unique terroir of our site.”

The particular vintage was also a standout, something that was clear to winemaker Matt Connell early on.

“While Pinot Noirs from the 2010 vintage in Central Otago were noted for their power and concentration, the cooler 2011 vintage reflected in the wine,” says Matt. “The trophy winning wine has captivating aromatics of florals and spice, a beautifully poised palate that is complex, with excellent fruit weight and fine tannins.”

The Akarua vineyard was first planted in 1996. The 50 hectare vineyard in Bannockburn is the largest family owned estate in Central Otago. The vineyard is now well established, with the vine age helping to produce fruit with rare depth of flavour. The quality and consistency of Akarua wines has made them a favourite with wine lovers and wine competition judges alike.

Akarua’s achievement at the Bragato Wine Awards comes in the face of stiff competition. Olly Masters, chairman of judges, said this year was one of the strongest trophy line-ups ever across all categories. A total of 495 wines competed for the Bragato Wine Awards.

Winestate Magazine have just conducted their annual tasting on Otago Wines (including Waitaki Valley). This tasting will be featured in the September/ October 2013 issue.

We were especially thrilled to be informed that our Akarua Pinot Noir 2011 was the only 5 star wine out of the 80 Pinot Noir’s entered.

Akarua Bannockburn Central Otago Pinot Noir 2011

Attractively perfumed, deeply coloured, still-youthful red with substantial body, generous, ripe plum/spice flavours and finely integrated French oak (33% new.) Ageworthy, single-vineyard red, rated highly by all panellists.

Royal Easter Show Results out today with a another gold medal awarded to Akarua Pinot Noir 2011 - this takes the tally up to 3!

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 per cent new), the ruby-hued 2011 vintage (****½) is highly refined and savoury, with rich, ripe cherry/plum flavours, well-integrated oak and a long finish. A 'feminine' style, it's very graceful, supple and harmonious

The 2011 Pinot Noir was aged 10 months in French oak, 30% new. Medium to deep ruby-purple in colour, it offers a good intensity of blackberry, mulberry and red plum notes with hints of cedar, toast, black pepper and baking spices. Medium to full-bodied with a medium level of grainy tannins, it has a medium to high level of acid lifting the pure berry flavours and finishing long. Delicious now, it should cellar to 2017+.

Deliciously vibrant, spicy, meaty and earthy, a lovely combo of savoury and fruity with a bright peacock tail flair to the finish.

A typical example of Akarua’s famous fruit-bomb style with lush, ripe dark cherry, berry and plum flavours. Made from 14 year-old vines grown in the winery’s own vineyards in Bannockburn, some fruit sweetness is nicely restrained by fine tannins that prevent any cloying. Crowd-pleasing wine that’s very appealing. The wine reminds me of the ground-breaking 2002 vintage which was wildly successful for the winery. Tasted recently is was deliciously mellow and complex, showing further potential.

Akarua Pinot Noir 2011 was oneof only  five 2011 vintage Pinot Noir's to pick up gold medals at the Bragato Wine Awards in August. Matt Connell believes that the 2011 will show itself as one of the finest vintages to date in Central Otago.

Highly refined, savoury Bannockburn red, ruby hued, with rich, ripe cherry/plum flavours, well integrated oak and a long finish. A ‘feminine’ style, very graceful, supple and harmonious.

A typical example of Akarua's famous "fruit bomb" style with lush, ripe dark cherry, berry and plum flavours. Fruit sweetness is nicely restrained by fine tannins that prevent any suggestion of cloying. Crowd-pleasing wine that's very appealing.

It's beautifully refined and elegantly expressed, displaying complex aromas of red/black cherry, floral, game and a touch of savoury mushroom. The palate is engaging and concentrated with silky texture and plenty of polished tannins, leading to a lengthy finish. This is not as opulent as the 2010 but it is a youthful wine showing exquisite elegance and promise, and destined to develop greater complexity given time. At its best: 2013 to 2018

  • Gold Medal

    THIS WINE HAS BEEN AWARDED...

    Gold Medal

    China Wine & Spirits 2015
    Global Pinot Noir Masters 2015
    Air New Zealand Wine Awards 2013
    Double Gold - 6 Nations Wine Challenge 2013
    New Zealand International Wine Show 2013
    Romeo Bragato 2013
    Easter Show Wine Awards 2013
    New Zealand International Wine Show 2012
    Bragato Wine Awards 2012

  • Trophy

    THIS WINE HAS BEEN AWARDED...

    Trophy

    Romeo Bragato Awards 2013
    Champion Wine of Show & Bragato Trophy Winner
    Mike Wolter Memorial Trophy & Champion Pinot Noir
    Sustainability Trophy

We are delighted in achieving fantastic results at the 2015 China Wine & Spirits competition! We received double golds for Akarua Pinot Noir 2011, Akarua Pinot Noir 2013, Rose Brut NV and Brut NV.

Akarua distributes to both Shanghai and Hong Kong, therefore receiving such high results is a massive benefit for our Chinese customers and distributors!

The CWSA (China Wine & Spirits Awards) is the biggest & most prestigious wine & spirits competition in China. ALL 100 the Judges are carefully selected for being the top BUYERS of wines and spirits for this market and are importers, distributors, retailers and sommeliers’. Wines and spirits enter from 35 countries and are ‘blind tasted’.

For Chinese distribution please contact:

Ruby Red Fine Wine, info@rubyred.com.cn (Shanghai)

Platinum Group Ltd, justin@winestore.com.hk (Hong Kong)

The Drinks Business has held their Global Pinot Noir Masters 2015 this month. Akarua Pinot Noir 2011 won a GOLD, and one of the highest scores in the whole competition. The UK competition has a reputation for being the toughest in the business, with many wines failing to reach the medals at all.

The Gold and Silver Medals in particular were extremely hard won, as the judges awarded very few high scores, and no Sparkling Wines including some Champagnes, reached a higher medal than Silver. Akarua Brut NV, Akarua Rose Brut NV and Akarua Vintage Brut 2010 were all awarded silver (85 points/100).

BEAUTIFUL, 91-92 pts – recommended for its quality.

RECOMMENDED Score 91-92 pts. $37.95 Vintages 79541

The 2011 Akarua Pinot Noir, sourced from 14-year-old vines grown in Central Otago that was then aged for 10 months in 30% new French Oak barriques, has lifted aromas of cranberry, subtle smoke, clove and barnyard on the nose and cranberry and pomegranate on the palate. It is a light to medium bodied, extra-dry/dry, fruity wine; with fresh acidity, refined tannins and a long finish. Sip this wine on-its-own; drink 2014-2018 (screw cap enclosure).

Another great result for the 2011 vintage of Akarua Pinot Noir taking out another Gold medal at the Air New Zealand Wine Awards 2013.

This is the same show in which our 2010 Akarua Pinot Noir won Wine of Show and the Pinot Noir trophy. Very pleased to hear our 2011 vintage was runner up to the Trophy this year.

Akarua Pinot Noir named Champion Wine of Show

Bannockburn vineyard Akarua has won the Bragato Trophy for Champion Wine of Show and three other trophies at the Romeo Bragato Awards in Blenheim.

Apart from the competition’s top award, Akarua Pinot Noir 2011 also won the Mike Wolter Memorial Trophy Champion Pinot Noir and the Sustainability Trophy.

On top of Akarua’s success with Pinot Noir, a recent addition to their portfolio, Akarua Rosé Brut NV, also won the Sparkling Trophy.

The Bragato Wine Awards are presented each year as part of the Romeo Bragato conference. The awards recognise that growing excellent grapes is the foundation of making great wines. Trophies are awarded to the top wine from each variety and are presented to the grower rather than the winemaker.

The champion wine was grown by Akarua’s Vineyard Manager, Mark Naismith, in the Bannockburn sub-region in Central Otago.

“We’re thrilled to have one of our wines as Champion Wine of Show,” says Mark. “Our aim at Akarua vineyard is to supply our winemaking team with premium quality fruit that expresses the unique terroir of our site.”

The particular vintage was also a standout, something that was clear to winemaker Matt Connell early on.

“While Pinot Noirs from the 2010 vintage in Central Otago were noted for their power and concentration, the cooler 2011 vintage reflected in the wine,” says Matt. “The trophy winning wine has captivating aromatics of florals and spice, a beautifully poised palate that is complex, with excellent fruit weight and fine tannins.”

The Akarua vineyard was first planted in 1996. The 50 hectare vineyard in Bannockburn is the largest family owned estate in Central Otago. The vineyard is now well established, with the vine age helping to produce fruit with rare depth of flavour. The quality and consistency of Akarua wines has made them a favourite with wine lovers and wine competition judges alike.

Akarua’s achievement at the Bragato Wine Awards comes in the face of stiff competition. Olly Masters, chairman of judges, said this year was one of the strongest trophy line-ups ever across all categories. A total of 495 wines competed for the Bragato Wine Awards.

Winestate Magazine have just conducted their annual tasting on Otago Wines (including Waitaki Valley). This tasting will be featured in the September/ October 2013 issue.

We were especially thrilled to be informed that our Akarua Pinot Noir 2011 was the only 5 star wine out of the 80 Pinot Noir’s entered.

Akarua Bannockburn Central Otago Pinot Noir 2011

Attractively perfumed, deeply coloured, still-youthful red with substantial body, generous, ripe plum/spice flavours and finely integrated French oak (33% new.) Ageworthy, single-vineyard red, rated highly by all panellists.

Royal Easter Show Results out today with a another gold medal awarded to Akarua Pinot Noir 2011 - this takes the tally up to 3!

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 per cent new), the ruby-hued 2011 vintage (****½) is highly refined and savoury, with rich, ripe cherry/plum flavours, well-integrated oak and a long finish. A 'feminine' style, it's very graceful, supple and harmonious

The 2011 Pinot Noir was aged 10 months in French oak, 30% new. Medium to deep ruby-purple in colour, it offers a good intensity of blackberry, mulberry and red plum notes with hints of cedar, toast, black pepper and baking spices. Medium to full-bodied with a medium level of grainy tannins, it has a medium to high level of acid lifting the pure berry flavours and finishing long. Delicious now, it should cellar to 2017+.

Deliciously vibrant, spicy, meaty and earthy, a lovely combo of savoury and fruity with a bright peacock tail flair to the finish.

A typical example of Akarua’s famous fruit-bomb style with lush, ripe dark cherry, berry and plum flavours. Made from 14 year-old vines grown in the winery’s own vineyards in Bannockburn, some fruit sweetness is nicely restrained by fine tannins that prevent any cloying. Crowd-pleasing wine that’s very appealing. The wine reminds me of the ground-breaking 2002 vintage which was wildly successful for the winery. Tasted recently is was deliciously mellow and complex, showing further potential.

Akarua Pinot Noir 2011 was oneof only  five 2011 vintage Pinot Noir's to pick up gold medals at the Bragato Wine Awards in August. Matt Connell believes that the 2011 will show itself as one of the finest vintages to date in Central Otago.

Highly refined, savoury Bannockburn red, ruby hued, with rich, ripe cherry/plum flavours, well integrated oak and a long finish. A ‘feminine’ style, very graceful, supple and harmonious.

A typical example of Akarua's famous "fruit bomb" style with lush, ripe dark cherry, berry and plum flavours. Fruit sweetness is nicely restrained by fine tannins that prevent any suggestion of cloying. Crowd-pleasing wine that's very appealing.

It's beautifully refined and elegantly expressed, displaying complex aromas of red/black cherry, floral, game and a touch of savoury mushroom. The palate is engaging and concentrated with silky texture and plenty of polished tannins, leading to a lengthy finish. This is not as opulent as the 2010 but it is a youthful wine showing exquisite elegance and promise, and destined to develop greater complexity given time. At its best: 2013 to 2018

We are delighted in achieving fantastic results at the 2015 China Wine & Spirits competition! We received double golds for Akarua Pinot Noir 2011, Akarua Pinot Noir 2013, Rose Brut NV and Brut NV.

Akarua distributes to both Shanghai and Hong Kong, therefore receiving such high results is a massive benefit for our Chinese customers and distributors!

The CWSA (China Wine & Spirits Awards) is the biggest & most prestigious wine & spirits competition in China. ALL 100 the Judges are carefully selected for being the top BUYERS of wines and spirits for this market and are importers, distributors, retailers and sommeliers’. Wines and spirits enter from 35 countries and are ‘blind tasted’.

For Chinese distribution please contact:

Ruby Red Fine Wine, info@rubyred.com.cn (Shanghai)

Platinum Group Ltd, justin@winestore.com.hk (Hong Kong)

The Drinks Business has held their Global Pinot Noir Masters 2015 this month. Akarua Pinot Noir 2011 won a GOLD, and one of the highest scores in the whole competition. The UK competition has a reputation for being the toughest in the business, with many wines failing to reach the medals at all.

The Gold and Silver Medals in particular were extremely hard won, as the judges awarded very few high scores, and no Sparkling Wines including some Champagnes, reached a higher medal than Silver. Akarua Brut NV, Akarua Rose Brut NV and Akarua Vintage Brut 2010 were all awarded silver (85 points/100).

BEAUTIFUL, 91-92 pts – recommended for its quality.

RECOMMENDED Score 91-92 pts. $37.95 Vintages 79541

The 2011 Akarua Pinot Noir, sourced from 14-year-old vines grown in Central Otago that was then aged for 10 months in 30% new French Oak barriques, has lifted aromas of cranberry, subtle smoke, clove and barnyard on the nose and cranberry and pomegranate on the palate. It is a light to medium bodied, extra-dry/dry, fruity wine; with fresh acidity, refined tannins and a long finish. Sip this wine on-its-own; drink 2014-2018 (screw cap enclosure).

Another great result for the 2011 vintage of Akarua Pinot Noir taking out another Gold medal at the Air New Zealand Wine Awards 2013.

This is the same show in which our 2010 Akarua Pinot Noir won Wine of Show and the Pinot Noir trophy. Very pleased to hear our 2011 vintage was runner up to the Trophy this year.

Akarua Pinot Noir named Champion Wine of Show

Bannockburn vineyard Akarua has won the Bragato Trophy for Champion Wine of Show and three other trophies at the Romeo Bragato Awards in Blenheim.

Apart from the competition’s top award, Akarua Pinot Noir 2011 also won the Mike Wolter Memorial Trophy Champion Pinot Noir and the Sustainability Trophy.

On top of Akarua’s success with Pinot Noir, a recent addition to their portfolio, Akarua Rosé Brut NV, also won the Sparkling Trophy.

The Bragato Wine Awards are presented each year as part of the Romeo Bragato conference. The awards recognise that growing excellent grapes is the foundation of making great wines. Trophies are awarded to the top wine from each variety and are presented to the grower rather than the winemaker.

The champion wine was grown by Akarua’s Vineyard Manager, Mark Naismith, in the Bannockburn sub-region in Central Otago.

“We’re thrilled to have one of our wines as Champion Wine of Show,” says Mark. “Our aim at Akarua vineyard is to supply our winemaking team with premium quality fruit that expresses the unique terroir of our site.”

The particular vintage was also a standout, something that was clear to winemaker Matt Connell early on.

“While Pinot Noirs from the 2010 vintage in Central Otago were noted for their power and concentration, the cooler 2011 vintage reflected in the wine,” says Matt. “The trophy winning wine has captivating aromatics of florals and spice, a beautifully poised palate that is complex, with excellent fruit weight and fine tannins.”

The Akarua vineyard was first planted in 1996. The 50 hectare vineyard in Bannockburn is the largest family owned estate in Central Otago. The vineyard is now well established, with the vine age helping to produce fruit with rare depth of flavour. The quality and consistency of Akarua wines has made them a favourite with wine lovers and wine competition judges alike.

Akarua’s achievement at the Bragato Wine Awards comes in the face of stiff competition. Olly Masters, chairman of judges, said this year was one of the strongest trophy line-ups ever across all categories. A total of 495 wines competed for the Bragato Wine Awards.

Winestate Magazine have just conducted their annual tasting on Otago Wines (including Waitaki Valley). This tasting will be featured in the September/ October 2013 issue.

We were especially thrilled to be informed that our Akarua Pinot Noir 2011 was the only 5 star wine out of the 80 Pinot Noir’s entered.

Akarua Bannockburn Central Otago Pinot Noir 2011

Attractively perfumed, deeply coloured, still-youthful red with substantial body, generous, ripe plum/spice flavours and finely integrated French oak (33% new.) Ageworthy, single-vineyard red, rated highly by all panellists.

Royal Easter Show Results out today with a another gold medal awarded to Akarua Pinot Noir 2011 - this takes the tally up to 3!

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 per cent new), the ruby-hued 2011 vintage (****½) is highly refined and savoury, with rich, ripe cherry/plum flavours, well-integrated oak and a long finish. A 'feminine' style, it's very graceful, supple and harmonious

The 2011 Pinot Noir was aged 10 months in French oak, 30% new. Medium to deep ruby-purple in colour, it offers a good intensity of blackberry, mulberry and red plum notes with hints of cedar, toast, black pepper and baking spices. Medium to full-bodied with a medium level of grainy tannins, it has a medium to high level of acid lifting the pure berry flavours and finishing long. Delicious now, it should cellar to 2017+.

Deliciously vibrant, spicy, meaty and earthy, a lovely combo of savoury and fruity with a bright peacock tail flair to the finish.

A typical example of Akarua’s famous fruit-bomb style with lush, ripe dark cherry, berry and plum flavours. Made from 14 year-old vines grown in the winery’s own vineyards in Bannockburn, some fruit sweetness is nicely restrained by fine tannins that prevent any cloying. Crowd-pleasing wine that’s very appealing. The wine reminds me of the ground-breaking 2002 vintage which was wildly successful for the winery. Tasted recently is was deliciously mellow and complex, showing further potential.

Akarua Pinot Noir 2011 was oneof only  five 2011 vintage Pinot Noir's to pick up gold medals at the Bragato Wine Awards in August. Matt Connell believes that the 2011 will show itself as one of the finest vintages to date in Central Otago.

Highly refined, savoury Bannockburn red, ruby hued, with rich, ripe cherry/plum flavours, well integrated oak and a long finish. A ‘feminine’ style, very graceful, supple and harmonious.

A typical example of Akarua's famous "fruit bomb" style with lush, ripe dark cherry, berry and plum flavours. Fruit sweetness is nicely restrained by fine tannins that prevent any suggestion of cloying. Crowd-pleasing wine that's very appealing.

It's beautifully refined and elegantly expressed, displaying complex aromas of red/black cherry, floral, game and a touch of savoury mushroom. The palate is engaging and concentrated with silky texture and plenty of polished tannins, leading to a lengthy finish. This is not as opulent as the 2010 but it is a youthful wine showing exquisite elegance and promise, and destined to develop greater complexity given time. At its best: 2013 to 2018

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