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Akarua Pinot Noir 2014

It has been a fantastic year for the team at Akarua, in particular for our Estate Akarua Pinot Noir. The 2014 vintage was awarded two trophies at the Six Nations Wine Challenge; the Pinot Noir Trophy and the overall Red Wine of Show Trophy. Announced at the awards ceremony in Sydney on Wednesday 5th October, Mark Naismith, our Vineyard Manager was in attendance to accept this great accolade.

The Six Nations Wine Challenge (representing the New World nations: Australia, Canada, Chile, New Zealand, South Africa and USA) is unique in its kind in which wines are submitted by invitation only and selected by six of the most influential voices in the world of wine including Huon Hooke and Bob Campbell MW.  

New Zealand wine certainly stood out in this competitive ceremony, winning Nation of Show and a total of seven classes claimed.

This is not the first time we have been presented with this award, winning the same trophy for our 2010 vintage at the 2012 ceremony. Huon Hooke, judge for the 2016 competition commented on the extraordinary achievement for us to have been bestowed this award for the second time.

Demonstrating the consistent high quality of our flagship wine our latest vintage - Akarua Pinot Noir 2015 was awarded the Negociants Champion Pinot Noir Trophy for the third consecutive year at the New Zealand International Wine Show 2016.

Decanter magazine has awarded Akarua Pinot Noir 2104 with 92 points at their most recent New Zealand pinot noir tasting panel.

Judges’ comments are as follows:

“Attractive development on the nose. Unfolds to a plethora of summer pudding fruit flavours and a touch of savoury gaminess. Smooth as chiffon (drink 2016 to 2018).”

Decanter is a very well recognised wine magazine focusing on the wine and spirits industry.

Renowned wine writer Michael Cooper has awarded Akarua Wines with two five stars for both their icon pinot noir The Siren 2013 and their flagship Akarua Pinot Noir 2014.

Tasting notes are as follows:

Akarua The Siren Pinot Noir 2013

“The second 2013 vintage (5*) of Akarua's top Pinot Noir was estate-grown and selected from 13 barrels out of 650. Deeply coloured, it has a highly perfumed, savoury bouquet. Powerful and densely packed, it is very sweet-fruited and finely textured, with concentrated, vibrant cherry, plum and spice flavours, fresh acidity and silky tannins. Already delicious, it should be long-lived; best drinking 2018+.”

Akarua Pinot Noir 2014

“The 2014 vintage (5*) is deep ruby, with an enticingly fragrant bouquet. Generous, vibrantly fruity and supple, it has fresh, concentrated, well-ripened cherry, plum, spice and dried herb flavours, showing excellent complexity, and a finely poised, lasting finish. Already delicious, it should be at its best 2018+.”

MS Cameron Douglas has rated our Akarua Pinot Noir 2014 with 90 points!

Our full review will be published in the April 2016 edition of The Shout NZ magazine.

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