Akarua 25 Steps Pinot Noir

Tasting Note


Region: Central Otago

Sub Region: Pisa


25 Steps Vineyard

Clones: 115 and 6, mid-slope

Aspect: highly undulating

Elevation: 200-317m

Soil: Sandy, stony loam topsoil, sub soil mix of deep gravels and clay loams

Vine age: 17 years old

Trellis System & Pruning: VSP, spur



Growing conditions: An exceptionally warm, dry spring and early summer gave us unusually high early season growth. Extraordinary summer heat brought the whole growing season forward culminating in our earliest harvest on March 1st. In late summer we had record high rainfall with relatively cool daytime temperatures. These cooler temperatures kept disease pressure in check and the fruit delivered to the winery by the vineyard crew was in excellent condition.


Grower Degree Days:  1,283 GDD Rainfall: 426 ml Oct-April



Pre-ferment maceration: 5 days cold soak

Fermentation vessel: stainless steel

Yeast: 50% wild

Oak treatment: Aged for 10 months in seasoned barriques


Cranberries, wild raspberries and cherry drops, with an underlying mineral note of wet river stones. Textural on the palate with red cherries, smoky vanilla bean and a fine acidity giving the wine life and energy. A long finish with spicy red berries.



Viticulturist: Mark Naismith

Winemaker: Andrew Keenleyside

Bottled: February 2019

Brix at Harvest: 23.5

Alcohol: 14 %

Titratable Acidity: 6.9

PH: 3.65


Akarua 25 Steps   2018 Pinot Noir - Akarua

Akarua 25 Steps
2018 Pinot Noir

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Price: $35.00
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