Akarua Sauvignon Blanc

Tasting Note


100% Sauvignon Blanc


Region: Central Otago

Sub-Region: Pisa


De Bettencor (100%)

Clone: Unknown, own rootstocks, certified organic

Aspect: flat and level river terrace created by glacial activity

Row orientation: north/south

Soil: fine silt loam over schist based alluvial gravels

Vine age: 25 years

Trellis system & pruning: VSP, spur



Growing conditions: An exceptionally warm, dry spring and early summer gave us an unusually high early season growth. This extraordinary heat brought the whole growing season forward culminating in our earliest Sauvignon Blanc harvest on March 8th. Late summer brought us to 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 growing season

Cropping: Average 7.5 T/HA



Handpicked and whole bunch pressed. A mix of natural and inoculated ferments, with 75% fermented in stainless steel and 25% fermented in neutral barrels. Extended yeast lees contact to increase complexity and texture.


Tasting note

Highly floral with citrus blossoms, particularly mandarin flower, and talc, a little gooseberry, and guava. The palate is juicy, slightly earthy with a mineral, wet stone note; the acidity is super linear, with great energy and drive. A very pretty and lively sauvignon blanc.


Winemakers Notes:

“The warmer vintage experienced in 2018 had its most dramatic effect on the ripening period of the Sauvignon Blanc, resulting in it being harvested a full 9 weeks earlier than 2017! The Pisa fruit still displayed excellent acid retention and I think this is evident in the final wine. Lifted mineral-led spice notes from the broken-down schist soils of our Kawarau block are becoming more apparent as the vines age and their roots become more deeply connected to their terroir."


1 - 5 years

 Technical analysisVineyard Manager • Mark Naismith

Winemaker • Andrew Keenleyside

Brix at Harvest       •  21-22

Date of Harvest • 8th March 2018

Alcohol • 12%

Residual Sugar • 2.17 g/l

PH • 2.97

Bottle • October 2018

Titratable Acidity • 7.5

Akarua Sauvignon Blanc 2018  - Akarua

Akarua Sauvignon Blanc

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