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Akarua Pinot Noir 2015

  • Gold Medal


    Gold Medal

  • Trophy



  • Cuisine Magazine


    Cuisine Magazine

Cuisine Magazine Tasting April 2017

5 Stars 

Rich lilac and buddleia scents fill the nostrils. In the mouth a dense core of dark fruit radiates spiced plum and dark cherry flavours and the texture is soft and round. This is a lush, fruit-driven style with concentration and depth.  Perfect for spiced fair such as stuffed eggplant.


Huon Hooke, wine critic at The Real Review has given a highly desirable 95 Points for our Akarua Pinot Noir 2015, another excellent achievement for this vintage.

Huon Hook – The Real Review, March 2017

95 Points

Deep red colour with a purple tinge. The bouquet is sweetly dark cherried and lush, with a patina of cedary toasty oak, while the palate is likewise deliciously cherry flavoured, ripe and smooth. The tannins are soft and ripe. Touches of spice and sous-bois make it quite complex and very compelling. 

New Zealand's only Master Sommelier Cameron Douglas has awarded Akarua Pinot Noir 95 Points in his recent Pinot Noir tasting event. This accolade adds to the trophy awarded to the 2015 vintage at the end of last year. 

Spicy and very fruity core with wild raspberry and cherry laden aromas, new and seasoned oak quite intense with vanilla and brown baking spices emerging as the wine opens-up. Dry on the palate with a core of red berry fruit – spiced cherry and wild fruits, definitive rose and red tea flavour, fine tannins, medium+ acidity and long finish. A lovely wine.” - Cameron Douglas , 95 Points

Raymond Chan Wine Reviews - March 2017

Even ruby-red colour with some depth and light garnet hues on the edge.   The nose is elegant and well-proportioned with fragrant red berry and cherry fruit with complexing notes of red florals and thyme and savoury dried herbs.  The nose builds in intensity with aeration.  Medium=full bodied, the palate is fine in presentation with a concentrated core of sweet dark cherry and red berry fruit flavours, along with notes of thyme, dried herbs and spicy oak.  The fruit is supported by fine, grainy tannin extraction and structure, with balanced, refresh, lacy acidity forming a rich core.  The wine carries to a long, lingering finish of cherries, raspberries, spices and herbs.  This is an elegant, concentrated Pinot Noir with dark cherry and berry fruit with herb and spicy oak layers on a fine, grainy structured palate.  Match with pork, lamb, beef and venison over the next 5-6 years.  Multi-clone blend from the ‘Cairnmuir and Felton Road vineyards, fully destemmed and fermented to 14.0% alc., the wine aged 10 months in 30% new French oak barriques.  18.5/20

Akarua was honored to receive the New Zealand Champion Pinot Noir Trophy for their 2015 Estate Pinot Noir at the NZ International Wine Show awards ceremony held on Saturday the 1st October in Auckland. This is the third consecutive year in which their pinot noir has been presented with the Champion Pinot Noir title at this competition, previously picking up the award for Akarua  Pinot Noir 2013 two years running in 2014 and 2015.

This is the first trophy for the recently released 2015 vintage of Akarua Pinot Noir. Akarua’s Estate-grown Bannockburn Pinot Noir has been awarded a trophy every year since 2009, significantly benchmarking their quality and success in the wine industry.

The New Zealand International Wine Show is one of NZ’s most prestigious wine competitions. The 2016 ceremony was chaired by Bob Campbell MW with assistant chief judges Huon Hooke, Larry McKenna, Peter Cowley and John Hancock.

Chief winemaker Andrew Keenleyside is thrilled by the news:

“To win three years in a row at one of New Zealand’s most esteemed wine shows is incredible! It reflects the continued hard graft put in by the whole team here at Akarua and the adherence to our core values - People, Pride, Family.”


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