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Akarua Pinot Noir 2012

"New Zealand is hardly a recent discovery for most Pinot Noir fans, but this year’s competition further reinforced the breadth and consistency on offer here, with Akarua proving yet another name to watch.

Produced in the Bannockburn sub-region of Pinot Noir stronghold Central Otago, this wine comes from four different vineyard blocks planted on schist-based soil and retails for around £20.

Although the first vines were planted here by the Skeggs family back in 1996, there has been considerable expansion since then. 2008 marked a major restructuring programme, including the appointment of winemaker Matt Connell, and Akarau is now busy stepping up its export focus."

The Drinks Business, 15th May 2015

The Wine Enthusiast is one of the largest and most recognized wine publications in the world. Published 14 times a year, the magazine has a readership of 800,000 consumers worldwide and in 2014, underwent a complete re-design and re-launch to address the growing, more mainstream culture of wine and spirits in America.

An international wine tasting was recently held for the upcoming July issue for which Akarua put forward their icon pinot noir ‘The Siren Pinot Noir 2012’, their flagship pinot noir “Akarua Pinot Noir 2012” and their entry level “RUA Pinot Noir 2013”.

All three pinots were awarded top results; The Siren (92 Points), Akarua Pinot Noir 2012 (91 Points) and RUA Pinot Noir 2013 (92 Points, Editor’s Choice).

With this magazines influence on the world of wine, we are delighted to have achieved such high scores.

"Alluring notes of Asian five spice and wet stone frame ripe cherry aromas in this medium-bodied wine. The texture is firm, becoming faintly dusty on the finish, but the wine is approachable now for its cherry fruit and appealing damp clay quality. Drink now - 2018. Seaview imports". 

Complex and seductive bouquet of dark plum and light red berry fruits laced with wood spice, mineral scents and a sense of urgency and intensity. On the palate – dry and equally intense with medium+ tannins, acidity and fruit all demanding attention; dark cherry, plum and berry fruits, wild dried herbs and a rocky-schist earth quality; long finish. 

5 Stars

Announced today, we have received two Gold Medals at the Easter Show Wine Awards 2015.

Our second label and newest vintage ‘RUA Pinot Noir 2014’ has snatched up a Gold - promising a bright future for the fresh young pinot.

Akarua Pinot Noir 2012 has picked up its eight GOLD Medal to date.

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Natalie MacLean, nataliemaclean.com (Canadian Wine Writer)

“A gloriously vibrant New Zealand Pinot Noir that’s medium bodied and packed with flavour. A rich, silky Pinot bursting with ripe cherries and wild berries. Small kick of spice on the finish. Closed with a screwcap. Try it tonight with roast chicken, and invite me along please. Match this wine with lamb, duck or turkey.”

Ken Dobler
“A medium red crimson colour. Complex aromas of spiced plum with some earthy vegetable notes apparent on the nose. A complex rich palate with delicious broad mouth feel and exceptional length. A great combination with the food. The complexity was enhanced and the tannic weight was ameliorated.”

Brent Marris
“A big fruit nose. Ripe rich and round. Great sweet fruit on the mid palate with rich tannins. Balanced with texture weight and length are great features of this wine. The wine is great with this dish. Long texture and fruit driven.”

Fred Dame
“Dark ruby in colour with a pink rim. Dark cherries and black plums. A very dark wine all the way across. A touch of cranberry. Very intense fruit flavours. A rich long finish. A very delicious wine. Another winner with the dish but not enough to totally improve it to raise its score.”

Neil Hadley
“This wine shows moderate perfume and spices on the nose but with an edge of leafy greenness. A better palate than anticipated presents itself with juicy ripe dark cherry fruits and quite silky round tannins. It has fair length and it works nicely with the guinea fowl as well.”

Steve Flamsteed
“A bright wine but with a savoury character to the nose and some positive well chosen restrained oak. On the palate soft and velvety. Sort of almost these fondant tannins that melted into a sort of a velvety juicy mouth feel. Just a lick of acidity and tannin holding it together and it was spectacular with the food this wine.”

Stuart Halliday
“A richer style. The nose is more open. Sweet and seemed to have higher alcohol with firm tannin structure. With the food there was a lovely synergy with that tannin structure. No clashing.”

Bryan Currie
“Mid red in colour. Lifted spice and some earthy mushroomy flavour. Tight tannin and a textured palate. The tannins are softened by the fowl but are still quite firm.”

Sue Bastian
“Mid deep ruby in colour with a purple rim. A very intense nose with some toasty oak menthol and plums. Intense plums and spicy oak on the palate and a more robust style and probably would go with richer meats. When you have it with this dish the oak just becomes a little bit more overt.”

Mark Robertson
“A multi-layered uneven aroma with greens through to raspberry. It’s a simple one dimensional wine on the palate by contrast and it just leaves an impression of being unevenly ripe on the vine. With food it looks green with menthol and clumsy oak showing through.”

Cameron Douglas
“A very attractive bouquet with a hint of savoury barnyard. The palate has great texture and depth with a long finish. Overall with the food the wine improves with a little more depth and complexity.”

Tim Wildman
“A mid crimson colour. Cranberry fruit aromas. Fresh redcurrants on the palate with a touch of spicy oak. Medium bodied with moderate length.”

Winner – The Vintec Trophy

“Deep red/Bright/Ruby. Haunting aromatics of bramble fruits & spice. The palate is finely balanced with red fruits and finely textured tannins. A slightly cooler vintage has resulted  in a wine with great poise and longevity”.

Well known Central Otago Winery, Akarua is celebrating after having their 2012 Akarua Pinot Noir selected as Australasian Pinot Noir of the Year by Winestate magazine at a lunch held in Queenstown this afternoon (November 21).

Akarua winery, located in the outstanding Bannockburn sub-region, picked up the coveted Wine of the Year Pinot Noir trophy at the award presentation, recognising its 2012 vintage as the best in a field of over 1000 pinot noirs from Australia and New Zealand.

Winestate, a bi-monthly magazine is Australia’s oldest wine publication which was started in 1978.

The competition, run by Winestate magazine, has become one of the most comprehensive assessments of wine varietals in Australia.

Akarua winemaker Matt Connell said it was “fantastic” for Akarua to gain further recognition for the already well-awarded 2012 vintage.

“It has been a great year for us and this award is significant in that it confirms that this wine can stand out amongst the best in its class from Australia and New Zealand which we are thrilled about. This wine has been consistent from the day we released it, with seven gold medals awarded to this wine to date”.

Results just released from the 6 Nations Wine Challenge with NZ taking out the Nation of the show. There was high competition against the wines from USA, Argentina, Australia, Chile and South Africa! As an invitation only show, with the 6 judges from each country selecting the wines, it is a privilege to be invited to participate . Akarua Pinot Noir 2012 was rewarded with a Double Gold this year.

Akarua Pinot Noir 2012 has struck Gold again at the New Zealand International Wine Show 2014.

This is Akarua Pinot Noir 2012's fifth Gold Medal to date.

91+ Points

Medium ruby purple-coloured, the 2012 Pinot Noir shows a nose of mulberries, plum compote and cedar with hints of dried mint and pomegranate. Medium to full-bodied and solidly constructed in the mouth by medium level, grainy tannins, it has a refreshing acid line to cut through the muscular fruit and finishes long. Drink it now to 2018+.

Wine NZ Magazine , September 2014

5 stars

WINESTATE Magazine, August 2014

5 Stars awarded

GOLD- Spiegelau International Wine Competition 2014

GOLD – International Wine Challenge 2014

Layers of black cherry, raspberry and smoky oak complexity. Flavours of fruitcake and kirsch. Beautiful balance and elegance. Supple tannins and a long, refined tail. New Zealand in a glass!

A first time entry into this competition in China - thrilled to be awarded a GOLD medal for Akarua Pinot Noir 2012.

Just released onto the market this is a great result for the latest vintage of Akarua Pinot Noir 2012 picking up a GOLD medal at the Easter Wine Show.

Well known Central Otago Winery, Akarua is celebrating after having their 2012 Akarua Pinot Noir selected as Australasian Pinot Noir of the Year by Winestate magazine at a lunch held in Queenstown this afternoon (November 21).

Akarua winery, located in the outstanding Bannockburn sub-region, picked up the coveted Wine of the Year Pinot Noir trophy at the award presentation, recognising its 2012 vintage as the best in a field of over 1000 pinot noirs from Australia and New Zealand.

Winestate, a bi-monthly magazine is Australia’s oldest wine publication which was started in 1978.

The competition, run by Winestate magazine, has become one of the most comprehensive assessments of wine varietals in Australia.

Akarua winemaker Matt Connell said it was “fantastic” for Akarua to gain further recognition for the already well-awarded 2012 vintage.

“It has been a great year for us and this award is significant in that it confirms that this wine can stand out amongst the best in its class from Australia and New Zealand which we are thrilled about. This wine has been consistent from the day we released it, with seven gold medals awarded to this wine to date”.zz

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