Media Reviews / Awards

Akarua Riesling 2015

New Zealand's only Master Sommelier has awarded Akarua Riesling a fantastic 95 points in his latest aromatic tasting, with only a few remaining cases of the 2015 vintage it's the perfect chance to grab those last bottles to enjoy. 

We are delighted to announce the following Gold and Silver Ribbons were awarded by Master of Wine Bob Campbell:

 Akarua Riesling 2015 - Silver, 91 Points

“A pretty Riesling with rose petal, citrus and a suggestion of chalky mineral flavour. An initial hint of sweetness is balanced by crisp acidity to give a drying finish while adding tension to the wine.”

Akarua The Siren Pinot Noir 2013 – Gold, 97 points

“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.”

Akarua Pinot Gris 2015 – Silver, 92 Points

“Off-dry pinot gris with pear, citrus and mandarin flower flavours. A smooth textured wine, with fresh acidity helping to drive a lengthy finish. Appealing purity and length”

RUA Pinot Gris 2015 - Silver, 90 Points

Light, fresh, medium-dry pinot gris with nashi pear and apple flavours. A simple wine with appealing purity. An initial suggestion of sweetness is balanced nicely by fresh acidity to give a moderately drying finish. Good value at this price 

These results have been published on Bob Campbell’s website


Akarua have received the following points from Master Sommelier Cameron Douglas at his most recent Riesling tasting for NZ Liquor News 2015…

Akarua Riesling 2015, Central Otago, Bannockburn

“Fragrant and alluring with ripe lime flower and mineral aromas, mandarin peel and a touch of sherbet. On the palate – just dry with some moments of sweetness; the label says ‘medium dry’ but the acidity adds a crisp and intense contracts to the sweetness within the wine. Delicious wine with a long crisp finish”

92 points


Akarua Pinot Gris 2015 and Akarua Riesling 2015 have both been awarded 4.5 stars for Cuisine magazines white varietal tasting, with Akarua Pinot Gris being listed in the Top 5 category.

White varietals from Central Otago are renowned for their alluring aromatics and crisp flavours. The unique lime soils and harsh climates have a strong influence on these unique characteristics.

Cuisine wine tastings are conducted annually according to each variety. They have very strict procedures, and all applications are blind tasted. Top scoring wines are re-tasted to determine which wines should be included in the Top 5 category.

Tasting Notes from judges are as follows:

Akarua Pinot Gris 2015

4.5 stars, Top 5

“This is another Bannockburn-grown wine that bristles with crispness and energy. Peardrop, citrus and appley notes ring out with freshness and clarity. This appealing juicy dry style would be an excellent accompaniment for a creamy pasta primavera”

Akarua Riesling 2015

4.5 stars

“A greeting of jasmine and apple blossom scents leads through to a delicately textured, medium-dry mouthful, generously stocked with lime and ginger notes. It’s still young and tight so put it in the cellar for a year or two, and then have it with lightly spiced Thai food”



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