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The Siren Pinot Noir 2013

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+.”

Bob Campbell, one of New Zealand’s most highly regarded wine writers, has selected Akarua The Siren Pinot Noir 2013 as wine of the week and awarded this wine with a staggering 97 points.

High points from Bob Campbell are extremely rare and hard won reflecting the sheer quality of The Siren 2013.

“Flagship pinot noir selection of 13 barrels out of a total of 650. It certainly shows a great deal more concentration than the regular label with red-fleshed plum, floral, violet and a similar spice and thyme character. More oak gives an extra layer of chocolate-like richness. Surprisingly approachable now, although the wine will continue to give pleasure for a decade or more.”

You can view the full review by clicking on the below link:, December 2014

90 points

"Medium to deep ruby-purple coloured, the 2013 The Siren Pinot Noir has quite a floral nose over a core of black cherries, ripe plums and rhubarb with a touch of forest floor. Medium bodied and with a good concentration, it bursts with black and red fruit supported by chewy tannins and finishing long."


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