Akarua Pinot Rouge

Tasting Note


Region: Central Otago

Sub Region: Bannockburn


Felton Terraces 51%


Clones: 777

Aspect: north west

Row orientation: north/south

Soil: Young alluvial, schist based sandy silt and loams

Elevation: 240m

Vine age: 23 years

Trellis system & pruning: VSP, spur

Cairnmuir Vineyard 49%


Clones: 777

Aspect: West-sloping elevated glacial terrace

Row orientation: east/west

Soil: weakly structured light alluvial soils overlaying schist rock

Elevation: 270m

Vine age:  23 years

Trellis system & pruning: VSP, spur


Growing conditions:  Characteristically unpredictable Central Otago growing conditions bookended by frost events. Overall, a cool, settled season with good rainfall resulting in long, gentle development of flavour and physiological ripeness. Budburst, flowering and fruit set all right on schedule this year for our cool climate region.

Grower Degree Days:  1,100 GDD

Rainfall: 426 ml Oct-April

Whole bunch fermentation: 15%
Fermentation vessel: stainless steel
Pre-ferment maceration: 5 days
Yeast: wild
Post-ferment maceration: 5 days
Oak treatment: None
Unfined, vegan


Heady perfume of wild raspberries, crunchy red cherries, crushed rose petals and fresh spices. The palate is densely juicy and framed with gentle stem tannins. Bright, easy and flowing with stony mineral finish.

 Winemaker’s Notes:

 “This is our second release of Pinot Rouge, an early bottling in a traditional ‘nouveau’ style. It is terrific to see so clearly, the flavours of two of our oldest and most favourite vineyards without the overlay of extended oak ageing and complex winemaking.  We like to enjoy it at ‘cellar temp’ – about 12C shows off the juiciness of this wine perfectly.”



Vineyard Mgr: Mark Naismith

Winemaker: Josh Lee

Bottled: 27th June 2019

Brix at Harvest: 22.5

Date of Harvest: 31st Mar/2nd April

Alcohol: 13.5%

PH: 3.71

Titratable Acidity: 5.3



Akarua  2019 Pinot Rouge - Akarua

2019 Pinot Rouge

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